Science, data, and climate

The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, according to a study. A climate scientist explains, “The new data does not mean that concerns about climate change are overblown in any way.”

Well of course not. By definition, there can be no data that could mean concerns about climate change are overblown. If some factoid seems to say otherwise, it isn’t real scientific data; it’s mere anecdote. Now if the Himalayas had lost more ice than expected, that would be hard data, and it would tell us we must redouble our efforts to combat the menace of climate change. That’s science. Or maybe that’s politics. Lately it’s hard to tell.

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