One of the more popular myths repeated by those who don't want to deal with the science on climate is that 'in the 70s they were calling for an imminent ice age' and such like nonsense, where 'they' is supposedly the scientists in climate. This has long been known to be false to anyone who paid attention to the scientific publications from the time, or even to William Connolley's efforts in documenting what was actually in the literature over the last several years. Now, William and two other authors (he's actually the second author on the paper) have put that documentation into high profile peer-reviewed literature -- the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. For the briefer version, see William's comments over at Stoat and web links therein. That page also includes a link to the full paper in .pdf format.
I'll be trying what seems to be an unusual approach in blogs -- writing to be inclusive of students in middle school and jr. high*, as well as teachers and parents (whether for their own information or to help their children). To that end, comments will have to pass a stricter standard than I'd apply for an all-comers site. It shouldn't be onerous, just keep to the topic and use clean language.
I expect it to be fun for all, however, as you really can get quite far in understanding the world, even climate, by understanding this sort of fundamental. If I get too much less fundamental, let me know where I went astray.
* Ok, I concede that not many middle school students will get everything. Even a fair number of adults will find some parts hard to follow. Still, some middle school kids will have fun. And almost everyone will follow a number of posts just fine.
Please see the comment policy for details. And the link policy for details about that. The latter is more open than you might expect.
In my day job I work on the oceanography, meteorology, climatology, glaciology end of my science interests, but I'm interested in everything, science or not. So I've also been on stage in a production of Comedy of Errors, run an ultramarathon, and been to Epidaurus, Greece, to see a production of Euripides' Iphigenia among the Taurians
Prior to starting the current job, I was a post-doc in oceanography in the UCAR ocean modelling program, and earned my doctorate from the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago (1989). My undergraduate degree involved Applied Math, Engineering, Astrophysics, and Glaciology.
Of course I don't speak for my employer, whoever that may be.