Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility - In One Pie Chart. Must-See Video: Jon Stewart Tackles Climate Deniers in Congress. In last night’s segment of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart commented on Sunday’s People’s Climate March in New York, asking, “You may be thinking, do we really need a march to raise awareness of global climate change?
I mean, it’s an accepted scientific phenomena pretty much everywhere.” “Here’s why you need the march,” he says, answering his own question. “It’s accepted pretty much everywhere—but there’s one place called the U.S. Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments. In this Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 photo, provided by Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.
(AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock) Climate Deniers Are Quickly Bringing About Their Own Worst Nightmare. Recently, The Washington Post reported new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right.
The authors of the study use Senator John McCain to illustrate the point. McCain’s political odyssey is, in some dismaying sense, close to my own heart, since it highlights the Republican turn against science. As unlikely as it might seem today, in the first half of the 20th century the Republicans were the party that most strongly supported scientific work, as they recognized the diverse ways in which it could undergird economic activity and national security. The Democrats were more dubious, tending to see science as elitist and worrying that new federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health would concentrate resources in elite East Coast universities. Still, compared to many of his colleagues, McCain looks like a moderate.
In 1977, Robert M. The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial. John Cook How do you identify climate science denial, and how do you respond to it?
To address denial properly, you need to understand the telltale techniques used to distort the science. It turns out all movements that deny a scientific consensus, whether it be the science of climate change, evolution or vaccination, share five characteristics in common: 1. Fake experts Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. We see this in online petitions such as the Global Warming Petition Project, which features more than 31,000 scientists claiming humans aren't disrupting our climate. 2. Conservatives Don't Deny Climate Science Because They're Ignorant. They Deny It Because of Who They Are. A provocative new study claims that conservative climate skeptics actually know plenty of science.
—Chris Mooney on Thu. Rupert Murdoch doesn't understand climate change basics, and that's a problem. Rupert Murdoch has a vast media empire.
In the UK, his News Corp assets include The Times and The Sun. Climate change: Another study shows they don’t publish actual papers. To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with). In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell investigated peer-reviewed literature published about climate change and found that out of 13,950 articles, 13,926 supported the reality of global warming. Despite a lot of sound and fury from the denial machine, deniers have not really been able to come up with a coherent argument against a consensus. The same is true for a somewhat different study that showed a 97 percent consensus among climate scientists supporting both the reality of global warming and the fact that human emissions are behind it.
Powell recently finished another such investigation, this time looking at peer-reviewed articles published between November 2012 and December 2013. One. Huh. Senator Denies Climate Change On Senate Floor And Gets A Science Lesson From His Colleague. By Emily Atkin Posted on "Senator Denies Climate Change On Senate Floor And Gets A Science Lesson From His Colleague" Sen.
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. CNBC invites climate denier on-air to explain why the “demonization” of CO2 is just like Hitler’s treatment of Jews. New study finds fringe global warming contrarians get disproportionate media attention. A new study led by Bart Verheggen surveyed 1,868 scientists studying various aspects of climate change, asking them several questions mainly focused on what’s causing global warming.
They survey also asked the respondents, How frequently have you featured in the media regarding your views on climate change? The answers to this question reflect whether the media is really fair and balanced on the subject of global warming. A truly balanced media would give equally proportional attention and coverage to climate scientists in the mainstream and on the fringes. Breaking new ground on climate denialism. Republican opposition to climate science is not monolithic; GOP officials can usually be divided up into some distinct categories.
The first and most dominant contingent espouses straight-up, James-Inhofe-style denialism – the planet isn’t warming, carbon pollution is having no effect, and scientists from around the world are trying to fool the public as part of a nefarious communist conspiracy. Other Republicans concede that global warming is real, but it’s not worth the effort to address the crisis. Once in a great while, Jon Huntsman will acknowledge reality, but his faction within the party is quite small.
But Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the frontrunner for a U.S. Bill Nye destroys climate deniers’ most infuriating deflection. On Monday afternoon, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye spoke with MSNBC’s Joy Reid about climate change and the brutally cold weather the Northeast has been experiencing.
“Let’s not confuse climate change with global warming,” Nye warned. “The world is getting warmer. There’s more carbon dioxide holding in more heat. I was once a climate change denier. [Editor's note: This story first appeared on ScienceWriters.ca. The Tyee republishes it here with permission.] I, a scientist with a PhD in microbiology and immunology, was a climate change denier. Wait, let me add, I was an effective climate change denier: I would throw on a cloak of anecdotal evidence, biased one-sided skepticism and declare myself a skeptic. Good scientists are skeptics, right? I sallied forth and denied every piece of evidence that was presented to me for a relatively long time. It feels strange when I look back — I inadvertently fell into almost every pitfall of pseudoscience, shutting my eyes and repeating a series of mantras, such as “I don’t believe it!”
Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change. An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper I co-authored in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming consensus was nothing new. Studies in 2009 and 2010 also found 97% agreement among climate scientists on human-caused global warming. Nevertheless, the paper attracted much media attention, including tweets from Elon Musk and President Obama. Handbook for fighting climate-denialism. From 2011, Skeptical Science's excellent Debunking Handbook, a short guide for having discussions about climate change denial that tries to signpost the common errors that advocates of the reality of anthropogenic global warming make when talking to people who disbelieve.
The Handbook explores the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples' minds. Communicators need to be aware of the various backfire effects and how to avoid them, such as: * The Familiarity Backfire Effect * The Overkill Backfire Effect * The Worldview Backfire Effect The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download (via Dan Hon)