A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

If you want to know about the Arctic climate, then ask an Arctic scientist.....

Here is a piece reporting the comments of long-standing Arctic scientists:
'Arctic cooling' (Sitnews, Ketchican, Alaska, January 29):
"Johnson believes the warming of the Arctic over the past 30 years has been largely the work of...natural ocean-atmosphere cycles. What's more, he predicts the Arctic climate will become somewhat cooler over the next decade. It's a trend he says will lead to more sea ice in the Arctic Ocean than has been seen in recent years.

Johnson said, 'I personally think we are part of a cycle here. While there is a long-term trend of sea ice decline, I think there is going to be more ice. By 2010, I think we are going to be back into colder conditions.'"

Mark Johnson is an oceanographer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He has studied the Arctic for more than 20 years, and he is one of the leading scientists who say that the Arctic is warming, but that natural cycles are the major reason why.

I wonder if this viewpoint will be well-aired by our media reporting the Met Office Conference in Exeter next week?

Philip, always fighting for excluded voices. Earl Grey tea?

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