Sunday, February 15, 2015

Get a Drink, Caldeira is Talking About His Drought Models Again

We hear it everyday from the media about how the Earth is changing in some region in one fashion or another.  That fashion is near always in some sort negative context that deviates from "the way it should be".

These media reports are based on studies that get processed into something of sensation so that an article of "dog bites man" is reversed to "man bites dog".

Take for instance a this article on a paper that has not even been released.

The first image one is greeted with is of Lake Oroville, one of the many California's water reservoirs, in a state of low capacity.  Certainly an image of California's current drought status.

The second paragraph goes on with the usual mantra:
"The driving force behind the devastating droughts? Human-induced global warming, the team reported."
But then, after many paragraphs of Ken Caldeira (not related to the study) talking about his drinking problem and when he generates drought models, climate scientist Benjamin I. Cook of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies says:
“I do, however, want to be clear that our results do not say anything about the current and ongoing drought in California,”
No science communication problems here...

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