Science is needed 1

January 13, 2006

Mike Hulme's characterisation of the politics and policy spinning around the international climate change summit in Montreal rings true, sadly (Opinion, January 6).

Almost equally sad though, considering Hulme's position, is that he seems to undervalue what can be done by climate scientists and engineers. When Hulme states that "climate science will never deliver the certainty about the future change nor unambiguously define the probabilities of climate related risks", my impression is that he has his usage of "certainty" and "probability" wrong.

He calls on "behavioural psychologists, sociologists, technology analysts, artists and political scientists" to join his "climate-change A-team", unfortunately omitting from his list scientists from non-climate scientific disciplines.

It seems that Hulme, who is in a leading climate-change research position in the UK, is a postmodern sociologist. I suppose after the view is reached that climate change is solved, he can turn his skills to saving tropical rainforests, fighting Aids and alleviating world poverty.

Keith Rennolls
Greenwich University

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns