Some Balancing Views on Climate Change

The Science is Settled? Oh No it Isn’t

Why is it that researchers from certain organisations are always running out to the mass media with “final proof” of an accelerated (human-caused) greenhouse effect? They don’t need to prove this any more, since politicians and the general public already believe that dangerous global warming is under way because of propaganda that they have been subjected to over the last 30 years.

The fact is, however, that one’s fellow scientists are much more difficult to convince than are naive or self-interested reporters. Exasperatingly for the global-warming lobby, many thousands of knowledgeable scientists remain resolutely agnostic or sceptical regarding the occurrence of significant human-caused global climate change.

For some experienced Australian professional views on climate change, see:

For an incisive critical commentary on conventional global warming wisdom, see:
For recent overseas views on climate change, note that on February 18-20, 2005, a climate seminar on Kyoto - Climate Predictions: Meaningfulness of the Models, and Strategies for Action was convened in Gummersbach (near Bonn), Germany, by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Professor Bray reported the results of an opinion survey of about 500 climate researchers that he had polled. The result was that 25% of those polled doubted that the moderate warming which has occurred over the last 150 years can be attributed mostly to human activities and carbon dioxide emission.

For results, see:

For an earlier survey, in which opinion was similarly divided,see: http://w3g.gkss.de/G/Mitarbeiter/storch/THYSSEN/HTML/survey/questions.htm
See also:

The Heidelberg Appeal (http://www.sepp.org/heidelberg_appeal.html)
Signed by more than 4,000 scientists from 106 countries.

The Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming (http://www.sepp.org/statment.html)

The Leipzig Declaration (http://www.sepp.org/leipzig.html)
More than 100 signatories, including editors of Climate Research and Atmospheric Research, former presidents of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, and a member of the Nobel Prize selection committee in Physics.

The Oregon Petition (http://www.oism.org/pproject/)
Signed by more than 19,000 professional persons including 2,660 physicists, geophysicists, climatologists, meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists, and 5,017 scientists from other disciplines. Includes, inter alia, the statement; “Not only has the global warming hypothesis failed the experimental test; it is theoretically flawed as well”.


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