Skeptical Science

In Brief

Australia; Guide to Global Warming Skepticism, 14p, 19 languages, 2010

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(2011?; Warner, Queensland, Australia; skepticalscience.com).

“Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism,” featuring “10 Most Used Climate Myths” (e.g. it’s not bad, it’s cooling, there is no consensus). “The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.” Created by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and co-author of Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (Earthscan, 2011), the college textbook Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis (Springer, 2013), and the very influential “Quantifying the Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming in the Scientific Literature” (awarded best paper published in Environmental Research Letters in 2013). Cook reviewed over 12,000 climate abstracts from peer-reviewed journals, as well as from over 2,000 scientist-author self-ratings. Among the c.4,000 abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming or change. Provides many tools in 14 languages to those who want to understand global warming and/or critique those who are skeptical or deny AGW, including a taxonomy of the many myths presented by skeptics (“It’s Not Happening”; “It’s Not Us”; “It’s Too Hard”) along with rebuttals to each, offered in a way that can be used by a Beginning, an Intermediate, or an Advanced student of the subject. Resources such as a climate history primer are available on the website. Team of, apparently, volunteers: 32; Organizer: John Cook. Maintained via PayPal donations. [NOTE: A treasure trove of information!  MS]

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