A reporter from India’s Times of Indian newspaper had a sneak peek into the future of climate change research when she visited a lab in Singapore.
When she visited the National Snow Survey lab, a few weeks ago, she found herself in the middle of a snow storm.
The weather was mild and the room was decorated with green tiles.
As she looked at the snow, the scientist smiled and said, “You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen snow like this before.”
“That’s amazing,” she said, pointing to a display that showed the average monthly temperature of different parts of the globe.
A few days earlier, she had driven by the lab on her way to work, and when she stopped at the entrance, a scientist greeted her with a smile.
“Hello, I’ve never seen snow this cold before,” she replied.
He told her about the research he was doing, and asked, “So how much snow does the Earth get in the year?”
“I think it’s in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 inches per month,” she answered.
“So maybe I shouldn’t be so sure about this one.”
The scientist looked at her blankly.
“That’s not what I meant,” he said.
“The average snowfall in the United States is about 4 inches a month.
So, it’s not a very good estimate.”
The scientist’s comment caused a stir.
Several scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research responded with comments.
What a waste of time.
The climate scientist should not have said that, one scientist said.
“It’s a great observation,” another scientist wrote.
I think the scientist was trying to make an observation about how much more accurate the average temperature is in the real world.
That’s why we are trying to better understand what is happening to the climate,” another wrote.”
We are not trying to say that the average temperatures are more accurate,” another responded.
But it wasn’t the only time the scientist had been rude to a reporter.
In April, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Times of Delhi, in which he called the reporter “inaccurate” and said that her reporting had “tarnished the reputation of the scientific establishment.”
He then referred to the reporter’s photo in an article that appeared on the Times website, calling her “an unqualified journalist.”
The article quoted the scientist as saying that his lab’s research was aimed at predicting the “real” temperature of the Earth and that it was not based on a “snow map” that showed how much the average global temperature would rise.
The Times of Lucknow published a news story about the scientist’s comments in which the scientist called the Times article “disgraceful.”
The journalist apologized in the article, but the Times said that “in hindsight, the statement should not be repeated.”
The newspaper did not respond to a request for comment from Quartz.
The scientist has been suspended.
In another article, he called reporters from the Times a “fringe element” and a “bully,” and said they were not even “slightly” influenced by climate science.
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