Who has the right and the responsibility to discuss Climate as a topic of debate? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.)


Who has the right and the responsibility to discuss Climate as a topic of debate? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.)

The Guardian has published an article offering the topic of climate for debate.

“Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn”

The Guardian climate Diego Fdez-Sevilla

The debate created in the comments section is, as always with climate and little with let say, the origin of cancer, very broad and full of participants.

The energy and passion shared is like what we find in football. Everybody has an opinion, but also, everybody seems to have a preference when judging Who has the right and the responsibility to have an opinion and discuss, in this case, Climate as a topic of debate.

Since I am trying to do my bit sharing my research and assessments over climate dynamics I thought on joining the debate and leave a comment based on my experience.

The comment was the following:

Cycles have always existed and it will continue as part of synergistic interactions. What it keeps out of the discussion is how can we compare the state of the environment reacting under those cycles between different time periods. The capacity of the environment in previous climatic shifts was far more resilient than it is now. And that alone will deliver a new scenario under any other similar atmospheric shift. Our environment has been transformed in composition, distribution and structure in the solid, gaseous and liquid phases (water cycles, land cover, soil, and atmospheric composition). So I see as a matter of concern to be concious about what is that we assume to be similar and what not.

The reply that I got was strait to the point of the present post I am writing:

What inspired you to sign up to CiF just to let everyone know your opinion on climate change? Personally, I’ll stick with the hard evidence from scientists who are experts in the field.

And actually, I find it fair enough. Right or wrong my answer was to just point out my blog in order to express where my inspiration came from to write about climate when I saw the publication at the Guardian. But then, a day later, I realised that by just point to my blog it could be seen as the behaviour behind a spammer or things alike. So I wrote a longer comment to explain the inspiration that moved me to leave a comment about such complex subject, and I want to leave it also registered in this blog, giving to anybody the option to make their comment at the Guardian’s page or here:

First of all thanks for interacting. I have realised that answering your comment with a link might be seen as the behaviour of a spammer or troll or the like.
I am not the expert whom has “the answer” to the complex questions raising on climate. But I have been inspired to write openly my thoughts in here based on the knowledge that I have acquired in environmental science from academia, the work load behind performing a thesis in Aerobiology studying atmospheric dynamics and airborne particle behaviour as well as 8 years researching on climatic synergies. The latest research is what I started to publish in my blog. After leaving academia that was the only way I found to get published what it can not be in the absence of other peer reviewed papers addressing what I consider to be a new different approach and conclusions from main stream.
I am not looking to be a popular kid on the block or even convince others that my point of view is the “right” one. I just have a critical mind trained in environmental research and personal values which make feel responsible to share the little knowledge that I have.
I agree with you on that those considered themselves experts are obliged to attend any critical thinking questioning theirs assessments and behaviour. And they are the ones to be in charge to give answers. But any critical mind is entitled to make questions.
My position in the debate lies in the belief of considering as a major factor limiting our understandings the lack of attention given to the gaps of knowledge existent. The concepts, measurements and parameters applied to address environmental synergistic interactions are too narrow and isolated from each other to understand their full meaning, reaching dogmatic patterns of thought to make the quickest conclusions in the absence of a better and clear idea on what is going on.
Temperature and GHGs are linked, but they are not the beginning of our problems neither the end. The capacity that humans have to transform the environment was the beginning and it will not stop manufacturing solar panels. As a biologist myself I believe that the climate regimes we used to consider stable are closely linked with the composition of not only the atmosphere, but also vegetable cover, soil structure and water reservoirs and flows. All those materials being part of the environment have different origin, composition and behaviour. But all of them are basically forms sustaining, transforming or carrying energy. The energy we measure as temperature is only one part of the whole spectrum among all the forms energy is flowing around.
Our environment has been transformed in composition, distribution and structure in the solid, gaseous and liquid phases (water cycles, land cover, soil, and atmospheric composition). So, even considering natural variability and cycles as part of climatic drifts, I see as a matter of special concern and extreme importance, to be concious about what is that we assume to be similar and what not when we look into past events in time.
Well, this is just one opinion, my opinion and what inspires me to share it is the fact that I have one, made off from performing research and observations over several years. And I believe that the effort required to address the challenge of understanding what is happening and its ramifications, it has to explore and incorporate all points of view available.

As I have said before in this blog, sometimes it is not about giving the right answers, but more importantly, finding the right questions. The right answers for the wrong questions do not take you farther from where you are.

So, Who has “the right” and “the responsibility” to discuss Climate as a topic of debate?

My answer is already in the comment that I made previously.

You can go to the comments section and the full article published at the Guardian following the link here.

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In order to protect my intellectual rights, more assessment in depth and the statistical and numerical analyses that I have performed to support my arguments can be discussed at my email: d.fdezsevilla(at)gmail.com

The performance of my work as independent researcher, with no institutional and economic support, is limited by my lack of access to resources and economic stability. So far what I have published in this blog is what I have been able to offer with those limitations.

If you find that my work is worthy to be acknowledged, share your thoughts openly and publicly because by sharing public acknowledging over the value of my work is what will overcome the limitations of my cv in order to find the attention from those able to allow me access to a job position or resources to increase the functionality of my research.

PerspectiveSince October 2013 I have been studying the behaviour of the Polar Jet Stream and the weather events associated as well as the implications derived into atmospheric dynamics and environmental synergies.

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About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! DOIs can be generated on demand by request at email: d.fdezsevilla(at)gmail.com for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. **Author´s profile: Born in 1974. Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my work previous to 2013 as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After 12 years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, in 2013 I found myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my own line of research. In the current competitive scenario, in order to demonstrate my capacities instead of just moving my cv waiting for my next opportunity to arrive, I decided to invest my energy and time in opening my own line of research sharing it in this blog. In March 2017 the budget reserved for this project has ended and its weekly basis time frame discontinued until new forms of economic and/or institutional support are incorporated into the project. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this platform and at LinkedIn has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my achievements and that the Intellectual Property Rights generated with the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in similar lines of research. **Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome as well as any approach exploring professional opportunities to be part of.** In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at https://diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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  4. jaimesal says:

    Diego: What does CiF in the above text stand for?

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  5. Jaime,

    “Comment Is Free” (CiF) is how theguardian calls the platform where people can leave their comments.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theguardian.com#Comment_is_free

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/commentisfree

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