Naomi Oreskes appeared on The Drum on Tuesday. Lotharsson has written a handy summary. I want to comment on a couple of extraordinary claims by Tom Switzer in that episode. First (at 31:56): "Interestingly, the IPCC models, there is a great deal of uncertainty, because the rate of warming has not increased to the extent that the IPCC models suggested it would in the 1990s -- there has been some tapering off. To the extent that that is true that does lead one to believe that there is more uncertainty. Switzer provides more detail in this column in the Spectator: I can name no better book to…
S. Fred Singer isn't pleased with Merchants of Doubt, so tries to play gotcha!: Oreskes' and Conway's science is as poor as their historical expertise. To cite just one example, their book blames lung cancer from cigarette smoking on the radioactive oxygen-15 isotope. They cannot explain, of course, how O-15 gets into cigarettes, or how it is created. They seem to be unaware that its half-life is only 122 seconds. In other words, they have no clue about the science, and apparently, they assume that the burning of tobacco creates isotopes -- a remarkable discovery worthy of alchemists.…
Naomi Oreskes was interviewed on Radio National this morning. (Hat tip: Tamino) Her upcoming talks: UNSW: Monday (this evening!) UQ: Tuesday Melbourne: Wednesday Adelaide: Thursday UWA: Monday 22nd
Naomi Oreskes will give a public lecture on Monday Nov 15 6-8 pm in the Law Theatre at UNSW. She'll be talking about her book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Update: Also: UQ: Tuesday Melbourne: Wednesday Adelaide: Thursday UWA: Monday 22nd
Saturday's Science Show was on the AAAS Symposium on climate change scepticism. Speakers are Riley Dunlap, William Freudenburg, Naomi Oreskes and Stephen Schneider. Hat tip Bernard J.
Via Resilience Science, a talk by Naomi Oreskes on her new book, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming