Cherry Picking Works Both Ways

Blog, Climate, Les Routledge

Over at Watts up With that, Anthony posted a satirical post that parodies how some climate alarmists use short term noise in environmental observations to imply evidence of global warming.  In this case, he uses past statements that the break up date of river ice is a good proxy for demonstrating the existence of global warming.  This year, that proxy suggests that climate is cooling because the ice break up is later than 1940.

On a more serious note another post at Watts up with That notes that there is a new journal called Nature Climate Change that is now being published.  It is nice to see this type of comment published in a peer reviewed climate science journal.

Climate change is the norm. If you want something to worry about, it would be if the climate were static. It would be like a person being dead.

I tend to agree with the other quote referenced to the new publication:

we are far from being able to achieve realistic coupled climate–biological models, and in an attempt to reach this goal, we risk taking research effort away from the critical issue of adaptation.

I think almost everyone agree that climate changes over time and that both the historical and geological record indicate those changes can be significant.  To me, it make more sense to focus research on methods to make our systems more resilient and able to adapt to changes in climate that appear to have occurred over the last 2,000 years due to natural variability instead of pretending that man the means or wisdom to control the climate.