09 Nov '12, 10pm

After the Election, Big Data Is King. So Climate Models Should Be, Too

After the Election, Big Data Is King. So Climate Models Should Be, Too

Two days after the presidential election, the Washington Post ran an article about climate modelers who are finding that the world is on track to experience more dangerous levels of warming than previously expected. One of the big post-election narratives is, as you know, the victory of empirical data analysis over pundit-fueled hunches. Nate Silver and his ilk nailed the election results, while pretty much every single opiner that set foot in the Fox News studios or graced the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages was dead wrong. Recall: Karl Rove angrily protesting against his own network's projection that Obama had a lock on Ohio—even staring the data in the face, he couldn't give up the fantasy. Looking at both stories, Grist's David Roberts makes an astute analogy: Climate science is Nate Silver and U.S. politics is Karl Rove : Scientists consider 3.6 degrees catastrophic. ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/after-elec...

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