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Thumbs Up to Consensus View & Its Scientists, Thumbs Down to Opposing Views & Its Scientists

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J.P. Abraham, J. Cook, J. T. Fasullo, P. H. Jacobs, S. A. Mandia, and D. A Nuccitelli, Review of the Consensus and Asymmetric Quality of Research on Human-Induced Climate Change, Cosmopolis, Vol. 2014-1, pp. 3-18, 2014.


Climate science is a massively interdisciplinary field with different areas understood to varying degrees. One area that has been well understood for decades is the fundamental fact that humans are causing global warming. The greenhouse effect has been understood since the 1800s, and subsequent research has refined our understanding of the impact of increased concentrations of greenhouse gases on the planet. Also increasing has been the consensus among the world’s climate scientists that the basic principles of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are correct. This has been demonstrated by multiple reinforcing studies that the consensus of scientists on the basic tenets of AGW is nearly unanimous. Nevertheless, the general public in many countries remains unconvinced not only of the existence of AGW, but also of the degree of scientific consensus. Additionally, there remain a few high-profile scientists who have continued to put forth alternative explanations for observed climatic changes across the globe. Here, we summarize research on the degree of agreement amongst scientists and we assess the quality of scholarship from the contrarian scientists. Many major contrarian arguments against mainstream thinking have been strongly challenged and criticized in the scientific literature; significant flaws have often been found. The same fate has not befallen the prominent consensus studies.

The paper is behind a pay wall but one of my co-authors, Dana Nuccitelli, has a good summary posted at The Guardian.


Written by Scott Mandia

April 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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  1. […] 2014/04/11: SMandia: Thumbs Up to Consensus View & Its Scientists, Thumbs Down to Opposing Views… […]

  2. Hello Scott -just wondering whether there are any copies of the article available, other than via Cosmopolis? My university sadly does not subscribe…

    Mark Ryan

    April 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    • Mark,

      I was told by the editor that a copy could be reviewed by media/bloggers. Do you fit this category?

      Scott Mandia

      April 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

      • I am writing a Phd about the epistemology of climate science. Seems near enough, that I’ll send the editor a note. Thanks Scott.

        Mark Ryan

        April 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

  3. Scott, don’t you have an electronic copy yourself? Then you can just send it to Mark, even if only it is the submitted version as accepted.


    June 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

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