Global Warming: Man or Myth?

Scientists can also wear their citizen hats

Time for Accountability

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(Reposted from The Conversation)

The overwhelming scientific evidence tells us that human greenhouse gas emissions are resulting in climate changes that cannot be explained by natural causes. Climate change is real, we are causing it, and it is happening right now. Like it or not, humanity is facing a problem that is unparalleled in its scale and complexity. The magnitude of the problem was given a chilling focus in the most recent report of the International Energy Agency, which their chief economist characterized as the “worst news on emissions.” Limiting global warming to 2C is now beginning to look like a nearly insurmountable challenge.

Like all great challenges, climate change has brought out the best and the worst in people: A vast number of scientists, engineers, and visionary businessmen are boldly designing a future that is based on low-impact energy pathways and living within safe planetary boundaries; a future in which substantial health gains can be achieved by eliminating fossil-fuel pollution; and a future in which we strive to hand over a liveable planet to posterity.

At the other extreme, understandable economic insecurity and fear of radical change have been exploited by ideologues and vested interests to  whip up ill-informed populist rage, in which climate scientists have become the punching bag of shock jocks and tabloid scribes.

Aided by a pervasive media culture that often considers peer-reviewed scientific evidence to be in need of “balance” by internet bloggers, this has enabled so-called “skeptics” to find a captive audience while largely escaping scrutiny. As a result, Australians have been exposed to a phony public debate which is not remotely reflected in the scientific literature and community of experts.

Beginning today, The Conversation will bring much-needed and long-overdue accountability to the so-called climate “skeptics.” For the next two weeks, our series of daily analyses will show how so-called “skeptics” generally side-step the scientific literature and how they sometimes subvert normal peer review. They invariably ignore clear refutations of their arguments and continue to promote demonstrably false critiques. We will show that so-called climate “skeptics” often show little regard for truth and the critical procedures of the ethical conduct of science on which real skepticism is based.

Rather than acting as “skeptics”, the individuals who deny the balance of scientific evidence on climate change will impose a heavy future burden on Australians if their unsupported opinions are given undue credence.

The signatories below jointly authored this article, and some may also contribute to the forthcoming series of analyses.

Winthrop Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Australian Professorial Fellow, UWA

Dr. Matthew Hipsey, Research Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environment, Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology, UWA

Dr Julie Trotter, Research Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environment, UWA Oceans Institute, UWA

Winthrop Professor Malcolm McCulloch, F.R.S.,  Premier’s Research Fellow, UWA Oceans Institute, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

Professor Kevin Judd, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA

Dr Thomas Stemler, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA

Dr. Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll, Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

Dr. Andrew Glikson, Earth and paleoclimate scientist, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Research School of Earth Science, Planetary Science Institute, ANU

Prof Michael Ashley, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof David Karoly, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

Prof John Abraham, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas

Prof Ian Enting, ARC Centre  for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, University of Melbourne

Prof John Wiseman, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Ben Newell, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Matthew England, co-Director, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Dr Alex Sen Gupta Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof. Mike Archer AM, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Steven Sherwood, co-Director, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Dr. Katrin Meissner, ARC Future Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Dr Jason Evans, ARC Australian Research Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, UQ

Dr Andy Hogg, Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU

Prof John Quiggin, School of Economics, School of Political Science & Intnl Studies, UQ

Prof Chris Turney FRSA FGS FRGS, Climate Change Research Centre and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW

Dr Gab Abramowitz, Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Andy Pitman, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Barry Brook, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide

Prof Mike Sandiford, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

Dr Michael Box, Associate Professor, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Prof Corey Bradshaw, Director of Ecological Modelling, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide

Dr Paul Dargusch, School of Agriculture & Food Science, UQ

Prof Nigel Tapper, Professor Environmental Science, School of Geography and Environmental Science Monash University

Prof Jason Beringer, Associate Professor & Deputy Dean of Research, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University

Prof Neville Nicholls, Professorial Fellow, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University

Prof Dave Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University

Prof Peter Sly, Medicine Faculty, School of Paediatrics & Child Health, UQ

Dr Pauline Grierson, Senior Lecturer, School of Plant Biology, Ecosystems Research Group, Director of West Australian Biogeochemistry Centre, UWA

Prof Jurg Keller, IWA Fellow, Advanced Water Management Centre, UQ

Prof Amanda Lynch, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University

A/Prof Steve Siems, School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University

Prof Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, The University of Adelaide

Prof Glenn Albrecht, Professor of Sustainability, Director: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP), Murdoch University

Winthrop Professor Steven Smith, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, UWA

Dr Kerrie Unsworth, School of Business, UWA

Dr Pieter Poot, Assistant Professor in Plant Conservation Biology, School of Plant Biology, UWA

Adam McHugh, Lecturer, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University

Dr Louise Bruce, Research Associate, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

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Written by Scott Mandia

June 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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  1. And the good news is… “A vast number of scientists, engineers, and visionary businessmen are boldly designing a future that is based on low-impact energy pathways and living within safe planetary boundaries; a future in which substantial health gains can be achieved by eliminating fossil-fuel pollution; and a future in which we strive to hand over a liveable planet to posterity.”

    Sustainable Land Development Goes Carbon Negative
    http://www.triplepundit.com/2010/09/sldi-project-carbon-negative/

    Sustainable Land Development Initiative
    http://www.triplepundit.com/author/sldi/

    Terry Mock

    June 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

  2. Aww great. Another tepid reaction… just what we need.

    On the one hand, you have a group of folks who read about people threatening to to rape climate scientists’ families, and they happily downplay them, defend them, even tell lies for them.

    On the other hand, you have a bunch of scholars who think folks like these can be reached by calm, logical discourse. Ahem…

    — frank

    • Frank, you’re never going to ‘reach’ folk like that.

      This type of communication is aimed at the same people who would be appalled to see anyone defending or excusing the threats, i.e. the great mass of people who only know about climate change via the mainstream media.

      Bern

      June 15, 2011 at 3:11 am

      • Bern,

        So these people we’re supposedly trying to reach are too busy, or too dumb, or too apathetic to realize that inactivists have been full of illogic all this while — but these same people will suddenly decide to sit down and read a reasonably detailed account of how climate science works. Duh.

        — frank

  3. Cross-post of my reply to the final instalment of the Conversation series:

    Newscorp reporters — some of whom have been known to apologize to scientists in advance and off the record for their being tasked to return from public meetings, not with an actual news story but with scathing statements from the handful of deniers in the audience.

    Hey scholars, what’s the use of telling us all these? What do you expect us to do, find Rupert Murdoch and whack him in the head?

    Except for Michael Mann, and Andrew Weaver, climate researchers seem to me to be extremely reluctant to take any concrete, direct action to punish the climate science disinformers for their disinformation. And no, writing lots of essays doesn’t really count.

    As I said, if climate folks won’t vigorously protect their own rights, there’s nothing much we can do to help them.

    – frank

    • HEY all you climate nuts…..you NEVER remember having a hot summer???? get a grip…..when it is hot it is global warming…when it is cold, it is global warming…..give it up…..there is nothing wrong with mother earth,she will fix herself. and if there is a problem we can not help…..you would need all countries doing this, and they won’t, so forget it…..they are already laughing at us…..we have enough problems…..so think with your heads…China is taking our jobs, and making more pollution than we ever will. So this equals less jobs for America and more pollution from China, so how does that help the GLOBAL problem you say there is?

      Molly

      July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      • “..when it is hot it is global warming…when it is cold, it is global warming….”

        That’s because we are actually looking at the long term trends, which clearly and unambiguously point to warming. The point is record warm days are far outstripping record cold days, and have for some time now.

        “there is nothing wrong with mother earth,she will fix herself”

        There is no *Mother Earth*. Such personification smacks of mysticism. The Earth’s climate changes because of physical causes, not some wished for entity that magically keeps things in balance. Climate follows forcings, wherever they take it.

        “and if there is a problem we can not help”

        Speak for yourself.

        “you would need all countries doing this, and they won’t, so forget it”

        Not exactly the St. Crispen’s Day Speech. Where would human civilizations be if our ancestors all had your pluck and determination? We’d be swinging from trees still. Color me underwhelmed.

        Robert Murphy

        July 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  4. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-climate-sulphur-idUSTRE7634IQ20110704

    Read this Mr. Climate change!!!! I feel sorry for your students, that are being indoctrinated by you. You need to look elsewhere to spend your energy….the whole thing with CC is the redistribution of wealth on a global scale…..look up John Coleman on youtube….he explains exactly what happened with this scam. But you will never agree…you got a bug up your nose, and are spreading the lies of the rest of the hypocrites. i.e. Al Gore, Prince Charles, all the elites, who pollute the air more than anyone else….get a grip and stop the BS.

    Sandy

    July 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    • John Coleman is not a scientist and has no published research related to climate science. You trust him? Do you also ask your plumber to diagnose your car? Your health?

      http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_Coleman

      Scott Mandia

      July 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

    • Sandy, you think it is a good idea to pollute the troposphere with sulphur-based particles, just so temperatures don’t go up?

      Seems to be the case, considering you start with a link that essentially states that increased pollution is keeping temperatures from rising…

      Marco

      July 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    • HEY all you climate nuts…..you NEVER remember having a hot summer???? get a grip…..when it is hot it is global warming…when it is cold, it is global warming…..give it up…..there is nothing wrong with mother earth,she will fix herself. and if there is a problem we can not help…..you would need all countries doing this, and they won’t, so forget it…..they are already laughing at us…..we have enough problems…..so think with your heads…China is taking our jobs, and making more pollution than we ever will. So this equals less jobs for America and more pollution from China, so how does that help the GLOBAL problem you say there is? Sandy in above response is right….it is all about global redistribution of wealth….and yes, the students are being scammed….What if the student disagrees, do you fail him????? John Coleman may not be a scientist but he is a great weather man….he speaks the truth and finds facts, and uses those people on his shows…I have seen them…..did you check to see how many thermometers were removed from the colder spots????? Get off it…..let’s deal with real problems in America…this is not one of them…..

      Molly

      July 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      • “John Coleman may not be a scientist but he is a great weather man….”

        He’s a guy with a journalism degree who entertained people while reading the weather report that someone else wrote. Why would I consider his opinion on climate change over any other journalist?

        “did you check to see how many thermometers were removed from the colder spots????”

        Are you aware that removing stations from colder, higher latitude areas would be the best way to bias the numbers toward cooling? Those places are warming the fastest; the last thing someone who wanted to exaggerate warming would want to do is get rid of stations in colder places.

        Robert Murphy

        July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  5. The Great Global Warming Swindle [Full Film]
    Google: “Great Warming Swindle youtube”

    [snip]


    * CO2 is a result of warming
    * CO2 does not cause the warming
    * Sun cycle is causing the warming
    * Huge Vested Interests and $$PROFITS$$ to be made

    [snip]

    And then get 5 other friends who will each tell 5 other friends to do the same.

    DO. IT. NOW.

    —–

    Cheers, Ron Lentjes.

    Mandia: Sigh. You link to The Great Global Warming Swindle and then raise several climate zombies and that is supposed to convince us that you have done your reasearch and somehow know more about the science than every international science academy and virtually every publishing expert? I have taken the liberty of turning your words into links above. Please read them.

    DO. IT. NOW.

    And then get 5 other friends who will each tell 5 other friends to do the same.

    Our national security, health, and financial security depends on people understanding human-caused climate change and its impacts.

    Ron Lentjes

    February 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

    • [snip]

      Mandia: Your tirade offered nothing substantive to the discussion. The readers here expect comments to be backed up by facts.

      Ron Lentjes

      October 8, 2012 at 7:43 am


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