Source: Scientific American
As a profile of Judith Curry in the November 2010 issue of Scientific American makes clear, the University of Georgia climate scientist has become an increasingly polarizing figure IN the past year or so. Once firmly in the mainstream, Curry says she was radicalized by the so-called Climategate affair. It crystallized her sense that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in particular, had become corrupted by what Curry calls “groupthink”—the idea that questioning some of the facts asserted by the IPCC is tantamount to treason.
Yet Curry herself is convinced that some of those facts are seriously exaggerated, and that the IPCC has failed to acknowledge the real uncertainty in the science. As a result, she’s been engaging with climate outsiders, including outright skeptics, and trying to force her colleagues to acknowledge some of what she considers serious flaws in the IPCC process. She’s been denounced, sometimes vehemently, for her efforts. (more…)