97 Percent Of Scientists Believe In Man-Made Climate Change

Science Friday

An overwhelming number of scientists in countries around the planet believe the science behind anthropogenic climate change. Although this is not reflected in the attitudes of many in the non-scientific general public, there is consensus among the experts who study the Earths climate.

According to a Pew Poll in July 2009, there is a bit of a discrepancy in America between what the public believes and what scientists do. While only 49 percent of the public believe that man-mad activity is causing global warming, 84 percent of all scientists do.

This of course reflects an even wider variance when we look at natural evolution. Again, in America a mere 32 percent of the public believe that evolution is caused by natural processes, whereas in the scientific community, that number is 87 percent according to this Pew Poll.

In both categories of science, the numbers are even more bleak for Republicans and conservatives. A mere 30 percent of Republicans, and only 21 percent of conservative Republicans believe the science behind man-made global warming. Views on evolution similarly drop, with only 23 percent of Republicans and 9 percent of white evangelicals believing the science.

When we examine another poll on the subject, this one from Gallup, the number of scientists who believe in anthropogenic climate change even greater. Their poll taken in January 2009 found a total of non-publishing, non-climatological Earth Scientists believe in the science at a rate of 77 percent, with an overwhelming 97 percent of publishing Climatologists believing in it.

Why the discrepancy? There are obvious gaps in education between upper level scientists and the general public, which would account for a large share of the difference. An additional portion could be attributed to the deliberate campaign of confusion brought forth by the fossil fuel industry and conservative politicians who are more inclined to believe that the Earth was created 6000 years ago.

These groups try to dispute consensus using thoroughly debunked pseudo-science like the Inhofe 400 list and the Oregon Petition. Despite this, there polls above demonstrate that the vast majority of our climatological experts and scientists in general tell us that anthropogenic climate change is a reality. There is huge compilation of endorsements if you want further proof, or you can investigate the huge number of organizations that have endorsed the IPCC Third Assessment Report.

Regardless, one has to ask who they believe about the science behind climate change: the scientific experts or someone else?

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4 Responses to 97 Percent Of Scientists Believe In Man-Made Climate Change

  1. an observer February 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Science is not a popularity contest.

    ClimateGate showed that your last category was a self-selecting group with some influence on who could publish. The rest of the scientists were using the data from that bunch.

    Am I a scientist? I’m a computer scientist, and I read the HARRY_READ_ME file. I’d love to hear the innocuous explanation for this:

    2.6,2.6,2.6]*0.75 ; fudge factor

    • Ole Ole Olson February 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      If you are really someone who values truth and fact, you need to understand that the ‘fudge factor’ is to correct tree ring data that isn’t even in the recent range of measurements. “ClimateGate” in NO WAY disproved any of the research conducted by literally millions of scientists over the previous 2 generations.

      • Rachel February 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

        “Literally millions of scientists”???? What a joke.

        The climate is changing and that is not in dispute. It’s a natural process… But man is not causing the change by burning fossil fuels, and that is what the climategate scandal was/is about. And the scandal PROVED that the scientist fudged data… simple.

  2. Artesian February 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Climategate Forecast…
    “What is the current scientific consensus on the conclusions reached by Drs. Mann, Bradley and Hughes? [Referring to the hockey stick propagated in UN IPCC 2001 by Michael Mann and debunked by McIntyre and McKitrick in 2003.]

    Ans: Based on the literature we have reviewed, there is no overarching consensus on MBH98/99. As analyzed in our social network, there is a tightly knit group of individuals who passionately believe in their thesis. However, our perception is that this group has a self-reinforcing feedback mechanism and, moreover, the work has been sufficiently politicized that they can hardly reassess their public positions without losing credibility.”

    AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE ‘HOCKEY STICK’ GLOBAL CLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION, also known as The Wegman report was authored by Edward J. Wegman, George Mason University, David W. Scott, Rice University, and Yasmin H. Said, The Johns Hopkins University with the contributions of John T. Rigsby, III, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and Denise M. Reeves, MITRE Corporation.

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