Drought and climate change

Tug Boat Potemkin pointed me to a Bolt article which in turn cites a ‘niche modeller’ (David Stockwell, who is very much blog-connected with the Pielke-Lucia mob) criticising the report by Bates et al which has been used as a basis for claims about the link between the current drought and climate change. In my experience, statements by either CSIRO or BoM scientists about links between the drought and climate change have been heavily qualified, and suggest at most a partial link for only certain regions. Stockwell doesn’t acknowledge any of this, and instead seizes on a slight difference in figures as proof of a conspiracy of exaggeration.

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