A popular theme among climate denialists claims that researchers are getting rich off of contracts to do research into global warming, and so they skew their data in order to make sure they can get future contracts.
This notion demonstrates an alarming lack of information about how research grants from government and other sources work. Climate researchers aren’t buying big fancy homes and fast cars. They aren’t getting rich off what little research money comes their way — that money goes into research.
Here’s one way to tell: Canadian researchers into the changing conditions in the Arctic can’t get <i>to</i> the Arctic to do their work. Were they getting rich off of grants, this would not happen.
Stories in Nature this week, and most of the stuff is available to the public, free:
The Arctic is one of the fastest-changing landscapes in the world: its glaciers, sea ice and animals are being radically affected by climate change, and the melting environment could in turn have huge impacts on rising temperatures. It is imperative that scientists continue to monitor these conditions. Yet Canadian scientists are finding it increasingly difficult to get out in the field to do their work, says John England in an Opinion piece. This is discussed further in an Editorial and with the author in the Nature Podcast, all free in Nature this week.
Credit: J. England