Can Dashboards see hidden Icebergs?


Climate change is an accepted fact, as are measured temperature increases over the last 50 years that are causing it. And C02 emission is well understood to be causing the planet overheating, with potential to destroy life as we know it. Energy depletion is a issue too, so cutting C02 by reducing energy is clearly a good thing if only for that reason.

As facts the understanding seems irrefutable. But is it possible there are flaws in the information intelligence that drives them?

This graphic oddly is against popular expectations telling us polar ice has actually increased so surely this must be a fake.

I am not saying one way or the other but if you are sailing you should watch your dashboard to be careful not to also hit an iceberg.

Understanding what put measures on the board in the first place, is important. But also is being alert to question and challenge is what good Business intelligence is about. So we need to be open to the unusual.

So when you get some information that challenges conventional thinking. It may be flawed. but don’t just ignore it.

One thought on “Can Dashboards see hidden Icebergs?

  1. The climate debate the graph refers to makes a point well. If you are in business and believe there’s a recession, you probably have a low order book now. If it is full it is unlikely you are even reading the papers.
    Conversely, as I just learned from the Asian news service here in Bangkok making headlines today are record temperatures of over 41 in Melbourne Australia. If you there now you’d be buying up carbon credits furiously. But the Northern hemisphere is freezing with all time record lows so they may believe the worlds fever and global warming is over.

    But for those interested, like me, the doomsday AGW debate is getting very hot, so it may be a good thing to keep us warm if we start freezing.

    In the US today the mounting anthropogenic (Man Made) global warning dissention from scientific communities saw a former leading NASA scientist James Hansen, one of former Vice President Al Gore’s closest allies in the promotion of man-made global warming fears, being publicly rebuked by his former supervisor at NASA.

    The statement released though the Environment and Public Works website, has retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global warming fears soothsayer, now publicly declaring himself a skeptic and declared that Hansen “embarrassed NASA” with his alarming climate claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress.

    The release goes on to say Gore faces a much different scientific climate in 2009 than the one he faced in 2006 when his film An Inconvenient Truth was released. According to satellite data, the Earth has cooled since Gore’s film was released, Antarctic sea ice extent has grown to record levels, sea level rise has slowed, ocean temperatures have failed to warm.
    Dr. Theon joins many current and former NASA scientists dissenting the human influence on climate theory, including Award-winning NASA Astronaut and Physicist Walter Cunningham of NASA’s Apollo 7 who also recently chastised Hansen. “Hansen is a political activist who spreads fear even when NASA’s own data contradict him,”

    But what if Gore is right? Either way for my money, watching for icebergs may be useful.

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