|I was amazed really by the inadequacy of what we had, because we're talking about climate change which is over tens of thousands of years as opposed to the twenty years of data that we had. So in a way we were putting out a lot of ideas and not really having concrete scientific research to support it, and I suppose at that point I did lose a little bit of my spark, thinking well I could propose an idea and I could probably draft a thesis that would support it and yet I wouldn't really convince myself necessarily.|
É engraçado verificar que estas opiniões dela nem são uma novidade! Numa entrevista à Physics World de Janeiro de 2009, já ela afirmara:
|I started a DPhil in the atmospheric physics department at Oxford because I had some idealistic notion of contributing to the world’s knowledge of global warming and its potential dangers. I was rather dismayed to discover how fervently scientists on both sides of the climate-change argument could argue their particular thesis and manipulate the data to prove their conclusions. It seemed a little like religious faith — if you believed a thing to be true, then it could be — and I got the distinct impression that I was about to embark on the same process. Once I got stuck into being at the computer every day, I knew this was not the right place for me.|
São afirmações corajosas, mas interessantes numa semana em que se vem a saber que o CERN colocou uma rolha na boca dos seus cientistas, justamente no domínio da investigação que Rice perseguia. Aproveito também para referenciar um vídeo, The Cloud Mystery, enviada por uma leitora atenta, e que aborda igualmente o tema, seguindo o trabalho de Henrik Svensmark. Aos raios cósmicos já nos havíamos referido anteriormente, mais que uma vez... As peças começam a encaixar! A ideia de que existe um consenso científico nesta matéria do Aquecimento Global, definitivamente desapareceu...