If I were a scientist specialising in climate change, I would be rather depressed about my work. It seems that hardly a week goes by when some journalist gets air time on a serious news programme to dismiss anthropogenic climate change as nonsense. This happened on Thursday when Melanie Phillips spoke on the BBC’s Question Time. She is entitled to her views and entitled to express them, but it must be rather depressing that someone who studied English literature at Oxford (of course) is able to form such views and give them such public prominence and in a single line dismiss the conclusions of people who have specifically studied climate change and its causes.
Climate change and its causes is probably the most complex of any scientific study. The climate and its future is not rocket science or brain surgery, but far more complex than that, and how depressing it must be for someone who has spent decades weighing the evidence, testing theories, examining data from hundreds of thousands of sources using highly complex tools to find the quietus of his work made with a bare bodkin by a buffoon who “knows” that matters of scientific complexity are, in simple truth, lies.