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All IPCC definitions taken from Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Annex I, Glossary, pp. 941-954. Cambridge University Press.

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Doug Bostrom

1958 model, background in broadcast engineering and management, wireless telemetry, software architecture and authorship with a focus on embedded systems, TCP/IP network engineering, systems integration. 

My initial interest in the "climate debate" was thanks to numerous accusations of dishonesty aimed at research scientists being thoughtlessly slung around. I'm not a scientist myself any more than the average layperson is occasionally called to think scientifically, but I live embedded in a social fabric of scientist family members and acquaintances. I find allegations of dishonesty as a substitute for cogent arguments against climate research findings to be not only at odds with my personal experience of scientists' affection for truth but also extremely annoying. Irritation at lazy thinking got me involved with this topic.

I was attracted to Skeptical Science by its straightforward explanation of various features of our climate as they relate to our role in modifying its behavior. In particular I found John Cook's attitude to be refreshing; my first acquaintance with John was via an email he kindly sent me explaining how and why a comment I'd posted at Skeptical Science was a little too "fresh" for the general tone of the site. Poor habits developed elsewhere don't really fit the SkS mode.

I've been volunteering with Skeptical Science for several years. I find spending at least some of my time helping SkS more satisfying than empty and repetitious catharsis spent in an endless "debate." 

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