Did polar bears eat a New York paper’s homework?

It’s easy to take one published paper and promote it as the entire story in any particular science discipline. It does not require any effort, no homework and no thoughtful consideration of differing perspectives.

But due diligence (acting with a certain standard of care), doing one’s homework and thoughtful consideration to valid points of view are important to any enterprise. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to win a spat with someone (I suspect we’ve all done it at least once in our lives) or blindly advocate a political position.

Mud slinging to attack and discredit a particular scientist (as reported here for example) and lawsuits filed by one scientist against another because of valid scientific disagreements gets all of us nowhere with regard to addressing real-world environmental problems. It is simply counterproductive.

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