East Anglia: anger and aggro

East Anglia: some of the issues really at stake.

Still no public info on who hacked the Univrersity of East Anglia's climate study center.

One right-wing British pub finds the "climate change lobby" to be "oviously traumatised." And then goes on to warn that the global warming crowd has shifted its tactics to "cleaner air is good for you." Does anybody really think all the human-caused particulates and nitrous compounds in the air are simply adding fiber to our diet? Well, that writer's conclusion: clean air, be afraid, be very afraid. Just another conpsiracy to take away your freedom?

On our sister website, here's a look at the code behind the hockey stick temperature curve developed at East Anglia. Code or crud? Using that CBS report as a basis, one "Atlantic" writer anlyzes what's really at stake in the East Anglia affair.

The facts remain: even if East Anglia never had a university, ice sheets and glaciers are melting, the Northwest Passage is now real, plants and animals are shifting their range upslope or northward in response to milder winters. At issue after East Anglia: how far does this climate change go and should we try to do anything about it?

It would be extremely naive, it seems to me, to assume that anything humans do or don't do about global warming will have the intended affect. Our ignorance of the our planet remains massive. Unintended consequences are almost certain to ensue.

WHO'S FOOLING WHO?

Wow, a Murdoch-owned website actually published, in the UK, a column on how the current campaign against climate change science mirrors the tobacco industry's defense of its cancer sticks over decades. That's a parallel I've blogged about a few times. Now the fossil fuel industry is funding the disinformation on climate change.Until the 1970s some tobacco ads actually claimed health-enhancing attributes for their cigarettes. Then they pretended that filtered cigarettes were healthy. Today tobacco companies, BTW, basically stopped fighting in developed countries and now focus on poor and ill-informed populations. And some impoverished governments are only too happy to have tobacco companies' freindship and prevent any tobacco regulations.