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Monday, July 25, 2005

Global Warming Update: Myth of consensus

Professor Benny Peiser on the The Myth of a Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, in the Hawaii Reporter, 7/23/2005
What happened to the countless research papers that show global temperatures were similar or even higher during the Holocene Climate Optimum and the Medieval Warm Period, when atmospheric CO2 levels were much lower than today? That solar variability is a key driver of recent climate change, and that climate modelling is highly uncertain? An unbiased analysis of the peer-reviewed literature on global warming will find hundreds of papers (many of them written by the world's leading experts in the field) that have raised serious reservations and outright rejection of the concept of a "scientific consensus on climate change." The truth is, there is no such thing.

As a matter of fact, a recent survey among some 500 international climate researchers revealed that the scientific community is far from any consensus.

The survey, conducted by Professors Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch of the German Institute for Coastal Research, found that "a quarter of respondents still question whether human activity is responsible for the most recent climatic changes." That is a sizeable minority. Remarkably, a research paper about the survey and some of its key results were submitted to Science in August, 2004. However, shortly after the paper was rejected, the journal published Oreskes' study, which claimed a universal consensus among climate researchers.
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