Ben Goldacre Talks Bad Climate Science: Poptech 2010 (Video)


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Ben Goldacre is the acclaimed author of Bad Science, a best-selling book and popular Guardian column that takes on bogus science everywhere, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. But he also veers into other sciences as well, and he's become notorious for knowing bad science when he sees it. He gave a spirited talk at this year's Poptech conference, and I caught up with him afterward to get his take on bad climate science:

His fundamental point is that you recognize bad science on a structural level, when you see it. It's true of bad medical science, and its true with bad climate science. Also note how he takes climate deniers to task for pointedly referencing long-debunked studies, and purposefully creating uncertainty in areas where little exists.

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