When it comes to predictions and forecasts related to climate change itself and its various consequences, there is a striking bias for scientists to keep them on the "safe" side -- that is, estimates where they have highest confidence and are safe from being wrong.
Stephen Schneider died on Monday. He was one of the few climate scientists I could call, ask for guidance, and cry with. He knew as much as anybody about the complex effects of global warming on glaciers, coral reefs, sea level rise and drought.
This study from Stanford has documented yet again the total lack of credibility and expertise among climate skeptics, yet as long as Fox News and talk radio exist, the public will continue to be duped.
The authors of Superfreakonomics super(freaky)star status means that they and their travesty of a book will get attention despite its non-truthful truthiness and misleading mediocrity on climate-change.