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October 10, 2014 7:34 PM

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A note to scientists: If you're going to criticize previous work, at least make sure you've read it carefully. There is an unfortunate recent case in point that I'd like to discuss (full disclosure: it regards a criticism of some of my own recent work). But first, a bit of background and context.

The largest eruption of a tropical volcano during the past millennium occurred in AD 1258-1259. Its estimated radiative forcing was several times larger than the 1991 Pinatubo eruption. Radiative forcing of that magnitude is expected to result in a climate cooling of about 2 °C. This effect, however...

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