Sorry, I haven't been around much lately. Too damn busy with research, writing grant proposals, and a double teaching load (our departmental budget was cut, so we now can't hire sessional instructors to cover sabbaticals, meaning all the regular faculty have to teach overloads... I suppose that's one way to deal with "over-reliance on contract instructors").As for this particular issue, as I tried over and over to explain to the troglodytes on EhMac, I'm not a climate scientist, so my opinion on the science is exactly as worthless as that of any other member of the lay public. But I am a scientist, and I can say that consensus among scientists in any field does not emerge easily. We're not only trained to be skeptical of everything, and to try as hard as possible to find holes, flaws, or at least gaps in any given theory, it's extremely good for your career if you can disprove or even cast doubt on a popular, widely supported paradigm. So while I can't say that I've analyzed the data and find strong support for the anthropological climate change theory, I can say that the strong support for the anthropological climate change theory one hears from essentially *all* the people with Ph.D.s in relevant fields is the most compelling evidence a non-expert in the field could possibly use.
In late August, the temperature of the Beaufort Sea hovers just above 10 degrees Celsius. For some people, the first steps into the water might be invigorating, but if you linger, it becomes stingingly painful — which is why Dustin Whalen came prepared with large rubber chest waders.This was not a personal mission to dip a toe in chilly Arctic waters and come away with photographic proof. On the contrary, the federal government scientist was looking for a time-lapse camera, one of three that met a watery end by the very forces they were meant to capture: rapid erosion on what may be the world’s fastest-disappearing island.“This is our third year trying, and as of today, this is our third year failing,” said Whalen, who works for Natural Resources Canada. “We really can’t predict just how the island will change.”