The major objective of this study is to collect and assess information about the opinions and attitudes of professionals within the field of geosciences (earth sciences) regarding global climate change, and the climate "consensus" debate, as well as to understand the rationale the participants use when forming their opinions by directly surveying a large number of earth scientists. In particular, this study endeavors improve on past survey attempts and provide a more rigorous dataset from which to draw conclusions on the global climate change debate.
Once survey data had been collected, the responses of various participant groups were analyzed and compared with other participant groups, as well as similar responses from the general U.S. public. This master’s thesis presents the results of the survey in an effort to advance the understanding of the global climate debate among scientists. Originally published by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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By Jan Dash
Aug 30, 2012
This is a first-class controlled study. It establishes that there is a consensus among scientists who are actively publishing in the field of climate science that 1. Global warming exists, and 2. Human activity is a significant contributing factor. No other study has similar controls. In particular, contrary claims quoted by deniers are wrong.
Completely biased, and in the end we find out it's only 75 out of 77 scientists that make up the supposed consensus, and all they agree on is that man adds significantly to the warming. Even Maggie herself starts to show doubt AGW after doing this survey; "This entire process has been an exercise in re-educating myself about the climate debate and, in the process, I can honestly say that I have heard very convincing arguments from all the different sides, and I think I’m actually more neutral on the issue now than I was before I started this project. There is so much gray area when you begin to mix science and politics, environmental issues and social issues, calculated rational thinking with emotions, etc."
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