Global Warming: Is there really a scientific consensus?

As most of you know, I wrote a note about global warming not too long ago. A friend of mine wrote a note himself with a different focus than mine, arguing that global warming is well documented and those who oppose it are sticking their heads in the sand. I’m sure he knows more than I do, but in the interest of discussion, clarity, and knowledge, I thought I would share these articles I found and see what you all think of them.

Apparently there was a big UN report that 2500 scientists from around the world signed off on claiming that global warming is in fact occurring, it is caused by greenhouse gases, humans are most definitely the cause, and it has a detrimental impact on the environment. I don’t know if this is one of the consensus studies commonly studied but the articles I read lead me to believe that, as is so often the case, the real story is far more complicated and nuanced (or just different). So with that I have two links, one to a blog, the other to an article. The blog I found helpful because it was written by a scientist who worked on some NASA reports a while ago. He gives a good background explanation of how these large reports tend to work. If you have time I would read him. The other article talks about how the actual IPCC report was put together and why the claims can be misleading. Let me know what you think and without further bloviating (yep, I do watch O’reilly from time to time):

Blog:
http://thecoloradoindex.typepad.com/the_colorado_index/2008/07/the-ipcc-is-lyi.html

Article:
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=7553&page=1

2 thoughts on “Global Warming: Is there really a scientific consensus?”

  1. Recent average global temperatures placed in context with global climate history should result in better understanding (that temperatures since the industrial revolution are consistent with temperatures prior to the industrial revolution and added atmospheric carbon dioxide has no significant influence on climate). This is done at different time scales with four graphs that were constructed from NOAA and other government provided data at http://www.middlebury.net/op-ed/pangburn.html. All data-source internet sites are given.

    In the list of over 31,000 other scientists and engineers who have determined that human activity has no significant influence on climate, they spelled my name correctly.

  2. Thank you for visiting and commenting here at iPandora Dan. For comment spam issues I do manually approve first comments, hence the delay.

    We appreciate someone of your expertise adding to the knowledge on this issue.

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