Nevermind ‘glaciergate’ – here are the real holes in climate science

The latest slandering of climate science in the press has been dubbed ‘glaciergate‘ – about the Himalayan glacial melt issue (see David Spratt’s response here). I don’t get quite why the denialist crowd seem to revel in non-issues, when there is much else to criticise about the IPCC, and much more obvious knowledge gaps in our understanding of climate as a whole.  Nature has a very detailed discussion of these ‘holes’ in climate science (regional climate forecasts, precipitation forecasts, aerosols and palaeoclimate data). It’s refreshing to see such a well written and open article discussing these gaps and ‘problem areas’ – as one scientist warned recently:

“This climate of suspicion we’re working in is insane. It’s drowning our ability to soberly communicate gaps in our science.”

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