Yesterday, I clearly didn’t satisfactorily explain the point about small s science and Capital S Science.
One is real science, using tried and trusted methods and publishing the results. The other, e.g. in Scientific American and from the Royal Society is political in focus and is meant to push a certain agenda.
An example of the latter is the pseudo-science debunked at Watts-Up and to zero in on one of these only, let’s look at the worst US drought:
They chose the U.S. Drought Monitor “map” to support the World Bank’s claim that the U.S. just had its worst drought in 50 years… The U.S. Drought Monitor only has a 12-year record length. If they had only bothered to look at the historical drought trend (or lack thereof) they would have found that we just had the worst drought in a bit over 10 years (not 50) and that droughts of this severity occur about once every 8 years.
The drought of 2012 was pretty bad, about as bad as the droughts of 2000-2001, 1988, 1981, 1963, 1940, 1925, 1917 and 1910… But not nearly as bad as the protracted droughts of 1953-1956 and 1933-1936. And there is no increasing trend of drought severity or decreasing trend in precipitation over the last 117 years.
That’s the sort of thing which constitutes Capital S Science.