Re: The 97 Percent Figure on Global Warming the Media Won't Tell You About
posted at 11/19/2013 12:20 PM EST
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:
Heh, heh, heh ... still drinking the echo chamber kool-aide I see.
The survey explicitly states that the 97% figure is from climate scientists who publish peer-reviewed papers on the subject.
In other words: There's a reason that the 97% figure is accurate; Because those are the expert working climate scientists who publish peer-reveiwed papers.
As you move further down the list; 'active publishers' on climate change, they agree at a 90% rate, climatologists 87%, general scientists 78%.
Who would you consult for surgery? A general practitioner or the best surgeon in that field.
The results were that 97% of actively publishing climate scientists are convinced by the evidence of anthropogenic climate change. They also found that those scientists that were unconvinced had significantly fewer publications (in any science) than those that were convinced. This suggests that the "unconvinced" group actually has done a lot less research.
This study was done in order to address the broader question of public opinion versus scientific opinion. It asked two questions, one about whether temperature is increasing, and one about whether or not human activity is contributing to any change. Here are the results:
Question #1: When compared with pre-1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?
About 90% of all the scientists and
97% of the climate scientists said temperatures had risen.
Question #2: Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?
About 82% of all the scientists and
97% climate scientists agreed that human activity is a significant contributing factor.
..yet the evidence goes against their belief. Strange....