Want the good news or the bad news? Trick question. It’s either both or nothing.
To get us started, here’s a tweet from a Greenie today telling us some good news:
James does indeed shoot hard and well on the latest polar bear porn. But this I think is less straightforward:
Matt’s article in The Times yesterday was entitled Blue Planet II was superb, save a few fishy facts. (Behind the Murdoch paywall – but the GWPF mailed me an excerpt. Does that work for others?) I think it’s a good piece and it makes JND’s question a good one. Because, among other things, Matt Ridley buys the idea that ocean plastic, though an eco scare, is a real problem. Eerily, as if in response, The Times today has on its front page Gove: boost aid cash in fight against ocean plastic. The new Environment Secretary craftily wants the international development budget to be raided to help the countries which, it seems, are the main source of the problem. But not everyone thinks that is going to be effective:
While we’re on the Gove-rnment in waiting there’s this
I thought that was worth retweeting. Meanwhile in the same 24 hours the GWPF has alerted me to this key article in Nature: Investigation finds Swedish scientists committed scientific misconduct. The focus of their work? The subheading Probe centered on controversial paper that claimed microplastic pollution harms fish may give a clue.
My question though is broader and harder than who is right or wrong about the eco scare that is ocean plastic. It’s this. Exactly where did I go off topic in the first section of this well-meaning post to the blog called Climate Scepticism?
Why this blog is important – and difficult (redux)
The good news, I aver, is that climate is a gateway drug for a lot of other bad stuff. (Good news for us as a blog, that is, though bad news for society.) But being a real expert on so many things is incredibly hard. That’s part of the bad news for us as a blog – and indeed for everyone.
The instalments of this series are I realise of variable length. This one is I think enough for useful discussion. There is more, some of it likely to come along pretty soon.