Monday, February 28, 2011

Is There Doubt Among Scientists?

One of the excuses you'll hear for lack of action on climate change is waiting until "the science is settled". But is there any real doubt? This is a classic slide from Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth.


It summarises a research project which examined 928 studies from a decade of scientific journals (1993-2003). Not a single scientific study disagreed with global warming being a problem humans are causing. 0 out of 928! I'm not sure how much more settled you can get.

But for some strange reason, 53% of media reports express doubt. I'm not sure whether it's in the media's interest to stir up fake controversy, or whether there are vested interests at play, but 53% is much more than 0 out of 928.

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