Monday, June 23, 2008

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic

A Complete list of articles responding to the talking points circulated by the Global Warming Denialists:

"How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic," a series by Coby Beck, contains responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming.

There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by:

Stages of Denial,
Scientific Topics,
Types of Argument, and
Levels of Sophistication.

The full linked set is at Gristmill, but here is a flavor of all the subjects covered:

Stages of Denial

1. There's nothing happening

a. Inadequate evidence

There is no evidence
One record year is not global warming
The temperature record is simply unreliable
One hundred years is not enough
Glaciers have always grown and receded
Warming is due to the Urban Heat Island effect
Mauna Loa is a volcano
The scientists aren't even sure

b. Contradictory evidence

It's cold today in Wagga Wagga
Antarctic ice is growing
The satellites show cooling
What about mid-century cooling?
Global warming stopped in 1998
But the glaciers are not melting
Antarctic sea ice is increasing
Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high
Sea level in the Arctic is falling
Some sites show cooling

c. No consensus

Global warming is a hoax
There is no consensus
Position statements hide debate
Consensus is collusion
Peiser refuted Oreskes

 

Thats only the first 10%. At Gristmill, the list is quite exhaustive, and is fully linked and cross referenced . . .

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