"It is the unhappy fate of the scientist today that he must play the role of Cassandra in the body politic, sending his fellow men to bed with nightmares in the hope to be heard in time."

- Arthur von Hippel, in "The Molecular Designing of Materials" (h/t @upbeatprof)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snow "Thing of the Past" Prediction?

Just one guy talking through his sleeve to a lazy journalist with no science background. Thanks to Potholer54 for the research!


Layzej said...

According to the Independent this prediction was made in 2000 by CRU's Dr David Viner

'According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".'

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html [independent.co.uk]

This seems like a foolish thing to have said given Britain's latitude.

Michael Tobis said...

Yes, and if you watch the video, it certainly appears as if he wishes he had never said it. But he pretty clearly never published it, and there isn't anybody else who said it, so write it off as a mistaken blurt by a single person, please, and don't be tarring the whole of science with it.