2011-12-01 16:08:39Temporarily Frozen Planet, Permanently Frozen Objectivity
dana1981
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Nigel Lawson rebuttal:

Temporarily Frozen Planet, Permanently Frozen Objectivity

2011-12-01 20:07:42
Rob Painting
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"Additionally, the fragmentation and reduction in sea ice forces the bears to swim longer distances, using up some of their fat reserves and reduces the number of seals, which are the bears’ main source of food"

Not sure what you mean there. Do you mean access to seals? Do the seals go somewhere else, or does the decline in ice cover actually reduce seal numbers?

"Of course none of these trends is statistically significant, because Lawson is focusing on short-term noise rather than long-term signal"

I know this is a standard response, but thinking of the casual reader, maybe it could be made more explicit that the time frame is too short to establish statistical significance?

The almost obligatory thumbs up is here. 

2011-12-01 21:15:47
Brian Purdue

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Dana - Lawson is married to Monckton's sister - please show him some respect (or maybe only the respect he deserves - I can see you have done that!!!)

2011-12-01 21:35:37
Paul D

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Ahh, should really read!

2011-12-01 21:56:19
Paul D

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Maybe replace of with about?

"which is a documentary ABOUT the Arctic and Antarctic that includes an episode on climate change"

 

Might be wise to modify the closing statement:

"Perhaps Lawson would feel more at home in the United States, where climate denial prohibits good science like Attenborough's from being shared with the public,"

It sort of suggests that Attenborough is a scientist. Skeptics might pick up on that.

2011-12-02 03:14:59
dana1981
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Married to Monckton's sister?  That figures.  He's probably getting all this garbage from Monckton.

I presume the seals go elsewhere because of they can't surface onto sea ice either, although I just copied that sentence from the rebuttal.  I'll have to look into that.  Will make the other revisions.

2011-12-02 08:25:44
Brian Purdue

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Correction: Monckton's sister is married to Lawson's son, journalist Dominic Lawson http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Nigel_Lawson

Still keeping it in the family - hope there's no royal inbreeding going on.

2011-12-02 20:09:36
Steve Brown

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Good stuff.  It might also be worth mentioning that the Antarctic will have a slower response to global climate changes as it's effectively cut off by the Antarctic circumpolar current, which acts like a refrigerator.