In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change concluded: "It is extremely
likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the
observed warming since the mid-20th century." Skeptical
Science, a website dedicating to explaining "what peer
reviewed science has to say about global warming", has
launched an innovative project to demonstrate this near total
consensus among scientists that climate change is almost certainly
caused by human activities.
On the site "97 Hours of Consensus", statements from 97
of the world's top climate scientists will be posted every 60
Skeptical Science explains the consensus among scientists and
the rationale for choosing 97 scientists for its project:
A follow-up study by the Skeptical Science
team of over 12,000 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subjects of
'global warming' and 'global climate change' published
between 1991 and 2011 found that of the papers taking a position on
the cause of global warming, over 97% agreed that humans are
causing it (Cook 2013). The scientific authors of the
papers were also contacted and asked to rate their own papers, and
again over 97% whose papers took a position on the cause said
humans are causing global warming.
Several studies have confirmed that
"...the debate on the authenticity of global warming and
the role played by human activity is largely nonexistent among
those who understand the nuances and scientific basis of long-term
processes". (Doran 2009). In other words, more than 97% of
scientists working in the disciplines contributing to studies of
accept that climate
change is almost certainly being caused by human
We should also consider official scientific bodies and what they
think about climate
change.There are no national or major scientific
institutions anywhere in the world that dispute the theory of anthropogenicclimate change.
In the field of climate science, the consensus is
unequivocal: human activities are causing climate change.
While it is distressing that such efforts are still necessary,
it is refreshing to see a new take on how to demonstrate that those
who deny human responsibility for climate change are not supported
by the vast majority of the scientific community. This is
especially timely in the lead up to the UN
Climate Summit in New York later this month.
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