Icons of global warming

There are two icons that have captured the imagination for global warming. One is the "hockey stick graph" which showed a dramatic uptick in temperatures at the end of the last century. Although the graph was debunked there have been efforts to "revive" the graph using other data.

The second icon is the work of Naomi Oreskes whose study showed that there was a "scientific consensus on global warming". Even though the study was flawed there are still efforts to keep the icon alive.

Lawrence Solomon relates his futile attempt to challenge the "consensus " icon.

As I’m writing this column for the Financial Post, I am simultaneously editing a page on Wikipedia. I am confident that just about everything I write for my column will be available for you to read. I am equally confident that you will be able to read just about nothing that I write for the page on Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia page is entitled Naomi Oreskes, after a professor of history and science studies at the University of California San Diego, but the page offers only sketchy details about Oreskes. The page is mostly devoted to a notorious 2004 paper that she wrote, and that Science journal published, called "Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change." This paper analyzed articles in peer-reviewed journals to see if any disagreed with the alarming positions on global warming taken by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Remarkably, none of the papers disagreed with the consensus position," Oreskes concluded.

Follow this link to see how Wikipedia works to protect the icon. http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=440268&p=1

For more on the wonderful world of Wikipedia check here:http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/04/25/the-real-climate-martians-solomon.aspx

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