WEB LOGS: Sifting for Truth About Global Warming

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Science  24 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5705, pp. 2167
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5705.2167a

Frustrated by Web sites claiming to debunk global warming, several scientists this month launched their own blog on the evidence that humans are heating up the planet. Realclimate.org is hosted by a public relations firm called Environmental Media Services, but nine academic and government scientists write the content, says co-organizer Gavin Schmidt of NASA (speaking in a personal capacity). They hope to counter industry-supported sites such as http://www.co2science.org/ and http://www.junkscience.com/, where so-called experts “have a habit of seriously misquoting, distorting, and outright manipulating data,” says Schmidt.

So far, the site has addressed topics such as why the heat generated by large cities makes only a minuscule contribution to surface warming and the flaws in Michael Crichton's latest novel, State of Fear, which dismisses global warming as hype. Visitors can chime in, but comments are screened before they're posted.


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