A friend pointed out a blogger article that critiqued a scientific Web site for having what clearly appeared to be either an error in their data, or a major disappearance of sea ice. Here is the beginning of that blog article:
I also looked at the actual NSIDC site, which currently appears to be quite clear in presenting their information, but they have actually disabled the real-time chart while working on their sensors:
If you look over both sites, beyond the story of the sea ice and the blogger and the scientist, a bigger issue stands out: civility and constructive public discussion. The ability to work together to improve understanding is constantly being challenged due to polarization. And, to avoid being naive or allowing the reader to be naive, I must point out that a good deal of that is due to commercial considerations. Whether we are talking about climate change or political maneuvering, there seems to be only minor concern for the public good except as it affects the principals' commercial income or political power.
While some people believe businesses are the grease and the gasoline that run the pickup truck of societal progress (excuse the metaphor), in my experience those honors belong to the sincere, informed, and public discussion of conflicting ideas and goals.
As a result of carefully reading the above two Web pages, I wrote these two comments on the blogger's site. The first was written after reading only the blogger site:
The reason I am simply quoting my comments is that they were spontaneous and came from the heart, and I can probably not improve on them. It saddens me to see our own USA government still engaged in political positioning while, possibly, our twin economic and environmental Titanics are in the process of sinking into the ocean.
Does the lack of intelligent, honest, and public discussion concern you? Does the name calling, the ignorance of science, and the disregard for the reputation of others, concern you? Does the tossing of trillions of dollars at an unclear target and the lack of progress on energy and environment issues, concern you?