I like the cartoons. I think many scientists remain kids at heart, even when the cartoon has a hard message.
I think the last one speaks nicely to probability. The truck’s path might deviate a little, but the likelihood is high that both stick men will be schmucked by the truck. The probability of bad things caused by AGW is what seems to drive some of the so-called AGW ‘debate’, often labelled uncertainty. Insurance companies are very good at assessing the likelihood that they may have to pay out on particular events, such as floods and other extreme weather events. No one should attribute a single weather event to climate change. Weather and climate are not the same thing, although weather is clearly a function of climate. But I find it telling that after 6 years of living in Brandon that my home insurance company no longer offers flood insurance in my region, only sewer-backup coverage. I hope the poor people in Yorkton SK who were hit hard by a storm yesterday (July 1st) had flood insurance. I know I don’t … anymore.
Kaitlin Naughten is a PhD student in climate science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She became interested in climate science as a teenager on the Canadian Prairies, and increasingly began to notice the discrepancies between scientific and public knowledge on climate change. She started writing this blog at age sixteen to help address this gap in public understanding, and it slowly evolved into a record of her research as a young climate scientist. Read more