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23Mar/100

…that does not mean it is fundamentally wrong

The Economist logoAn article "The clouds of unknowing" in The Economist summarizes the scientific and public discussions on global warming, where they try to explain to the readers that "There are lots of uncertainties in climate science. But that does not mean it is fundamentally wrong."

In any complex scientific picture of the world there will be gaps, misperceptions and mistakes. Whether your impression is dominated by the whole or the holes will depend on your attitude to the project at hand. You might say that some see a jigsaw where others see a house of cards. Jigsaw types have in mind an overall picture and are open to bits being taken out, moved around or abandoned should they not fit. Those who see houses of cards think that if any piece is removed, the whole lot falls down. When it comes to climate, academic scientists are jigsaw types, dissenters from their view house-of-cards-ists.

It was pleasure for me to find in this article arguments and explanations which we are already using during last decade trying to argue the importance of clouds in the climate system and the necessity to develop new remote sensing instruments and techniques for long term, continuous clouds observations and their parameters retrieval.


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