cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Antarctic Warming Derangement Syndrome. Intl. J. Inact., 2:11–12
So, news just broke out that a new study shows that Antarctica has actually been warming, not cooling, for the past 50 years. And what do the folks at the freedom-loving Heartland Institute do? Well, they go apoplectic:
Antarctic Warming Claims Should be Greeted with Skepticism
“[…] Adding to the dubious nature of the study’s conclusion is the authors’ self-interest in silencing an embarrassing mountain of raw temperature data that contradict the authors’ global warming theory. […]”
So in Heartland’s view, when someone sees a new study and immediately responds by throwing out conspiracy theories, he’s practising “skepticism”.
Personally, I’ll also caution against simply using the paper as evidence that “Guess what! Antarctica is warming! You global warming deniers are wrong! Haha!” Indeed, the fact that the research findings are so easily misinterpreted — I just read a news article which got it pretty garbled — seems to show that a more careful reading is needed, to more clearly understand what they say, and what they mean for climate science.
But I still feel no need to wish the study away with conspiracy theories.
(There’s more discussion on the paper at RealClimate.)