Here are two, related pieces from The Conversation, “Who’s your expert? The difference between peer review and rhetoric” and “Climate change denial and the abuse of peer review.”
Peer review is the basis of modern scientific endeavour. It underpins research and validates findings, theories and data.
Submitting scientists’ claims to peer review is a straightforward way to assess their credibility.
The Climate Commission was established by the Australian government to help build consensus around climate change.
Chief Commissioner Professor Tim Flannery handed the first major report, The Critical Decade to Julia Gillard on May 23.
Peer-reviewed by internationally respected scientists, the report summarises key evidence and conclusions regarding climate change for Australia and the world.
Rising temperatures, changing rainfall, threats to human health and agriculture, and deteriorating ecosystems are carefully documented from the scientific literature. The report makes compelling reading and a solid case for rapid action on greenhouse gases such as CO2.
But are all experts really in agreement with the Climate Commission’s report?
Enter an alternative group of experts.