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Myth of Climate Change 97%
Dr. Jane Goodall 1480

Myth of Climate Change 97%

What is the origin of the false belief that almost all scientists agree about global warming?

What is the origin of the false belief—constantly repeated—that almost all scientists agree about global warming?

Yet the assertion that 97% of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction.

A study published earlier this year in Nature noted that abstracts of academic papers often contain claims that aren't substantiated in the papers.

The "97 percent" figure in the Zimmerman/Doran survey represents the views of only 79 respondents who listed climate science as an area of expertise and said they published more than half of their recent peer-reviewed papers on climate change. Seventy-nine scientists—of the 3,146 who responded to the survey—does not a consensus make.

Rigorous international surveys conducted by German scientists  Dennis Bray and  Hans von Storch—most recently published in Environmental Science & Policy in 2010—have found that most climate scientists disagree with the consensus on key issues such as the reliability of climate data and computer models.

Photo by Masaaki Komori



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