Age Poll not scientific.

Infantile view of climate change

The Age newspaper got it almost right in an article yesterday on climate change science with its heading ‘Climate debate ‘almost infantile’.

Some of us certainly think so, but not in the way Professor Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, thinks. He is a scientist after all, and he knows that the media is wrong in treating climate change science as a political issue in which two sides should be given a voice. The idea that a scientist should always be open to testing hypotheses must, according to him, be just plain old fashioned science. He feels that a “wise society would respect the judgment of its experts”. In other words, believe whatever the high priests tell us, in spite of ClimatGate and other glaring contradictions in the evidence.

Professor Steffen sees a larger role for the media in scientific research. He invites journalists to focus on areas where there is no consensus, and in particular, the disputed link between climate change and the south-east Australian drought. Presumably, he wants the media to mask over the disagreements. But hasn’t the science finally made up its mind on that.

Go science!

To show us the difference between an Age reader and the rest of the community, the newspaper included a survey along with the article, claiming that nearly 80 percent of their readers agreed that the uncertainties  in climate science had been exaggerated. However, according to a very recent Galaxy survey for the Institute of Public Affairs, the opposite is the case.

Fortunately, the Age, in a rare moment of honesty, explained that its polls were NOT SCIENTIFIC.

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