Unreliability of carbon dating
Such an attitude didn’t sit well with Keenan’s friend and colleague Thomas Crowther who has since moved from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen to ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
Crowther thought Keenan should have more explicitly framed his finding as a temporary fluctuation in a long-term trend to prevent misinterpretations of his paper, Crowther said in an interview.
In an extreme trend a few years ago, the United Kingdom even saw a rash of fake meteorological forecasts.
Those appear to be on the wane, however, as audiences have wised up to the tactic, according to Adam Scaife, head of monthly to decadal prediction at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Devon.
Some are using the same modern communication tools deployed by fake news purveyors to counter the influence of those deceptive voices.Credit: University of Southampton, 2017]—sensational, perhaps, but not inaccurate.After describing the study, however, the writer segued into an extended discussion about the supposed unreliability of climate proxies such as those that Foster had used, which included carbon deposits in ancient ice, sediments, and fossils.“It means the people you need to convince are actually reading it.” Climate skeptics have also mastered social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which makes sharing misleading stories as easy as clicking a mouse.Through these channels, they can even incite more-respected institutions to amplify a message.