From: Demian Cho
As a scientist, I am open to the idea of being wrong. As a citizen, I embrace living among people with different ideas. So, I am usually fine with seeing different ideas on this page. But, your recent letter to the editor, “Report suggests climate science is in state of flux” by Mr. Burcik (October 2, 2019) has so much false information in it, I am writing to correct them. When I say “false information,” I am not even talking about science being wrong nor interpretation being wrong. There are statements that are simply factually wrong. First of all, the article “Intensified East Asian Winter …” Mr. Burcik quoted in his article isn’t published on the Journal Nature. It is published on the Journal Scientific Reports. This can be a simple mistake and overlooked. However, the entire quote, “... the (IPCC) models fail to derive…” allegedly from the article, isn’t from the article. You can simply check the article at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-45466-8. In fact, the similar content is from a non-peer reviewed and now debunked ArXiv paper, “No experimental evidence for the significant anthropogenic climate change” (https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.00165). (You can read about an analysis of the paper in https://climatefeedback.org/claimreview/non-peer-reviewed-manuscript-falsely-claims-natural-cloud-changes-can-explain-global-warming/.)
We are living in an era when it is very easy to manipulate and spread false information. That is the reason why a common citizen like me is relying on and expecting higher standard of editorship from news sources like Winona Post. I should unfortunately express disappointment this time.