Like many people, I take Global Warming and Climate Change as an accepted fact. Being this a field of Science rather far from the ones I – sort of – understand because they were part of my academic background or are the areas I professionally continued to study, I take science’s consensus conclusion as a given.
But this also means I have rarely the opportunity to confront CCD’s (Climate Change Deniers).
With typical passive-aggressive stance, they started to question the very concept, stating that there is no CO2 increase in the atmosphere, and anyway it has no consequence over climate, offering bits of what looks like scientific evidence.
Sadly the author of the post I was commenting on, who unlike me has ample Climate Change credentials. uses Social Media in the worst possible manner i.e. one-way only, so Paul and Robert had a field day spewing their doubts.
Mind you, they themselves are not Climate Scientists, so their credibility is on a par with mine on this subject, but to the casual reader they do not come across as tinfoil hat-wearing, doomsday-predicting loonies and therefore are able to cast reasonable doubts.
I therefore decided to invest an hour or so to put together a collection of good articles dealing with CCD, and here it is. I have not the slightest hope of ever changing the mind of a CCD (as you cannot convince by means of rational arguments a flat-earther or a novax): the target of this collection is the reader silently lurking to counterbalance what “looks like science” with something that “is science” and undermine the undermining action of those who seek to cast doubts over accepted science.
Obviously this is but a selection: the topic has been so widely discussed that it almost feels like I set out to prove the theory of gravity or the second law of thermodynamics.
The articles are in no particular order or ranking and if anyone has come across another good one, please send it over and I’ll add to the list.
- Who are CCD’s ? – this article deals with the psychological, demographic and political profile of climate change deniers
- Where do CCD’s get their “science”? – this articles reviews the topography of so-called Conservative Think Tanks which exist both in the U.S. and in Europe. I doubt Paul or Robert are the original authors of the charts they post. Like me, they get them from sources who think along their lines.
- Responding to a CCD – this article lists a bazillion questions and objections people like Paul or Robert would raise (including all of theirs), and the scientific response to each and every single one of those, I do the same all the time with electric mobility. To me, this looks like a pretty comprehensive overview.
- Answering the champion – this Guardian article lists the top 10 CC objections put forward by perhaps the superstar of CCD’s, Roy Spencer, and responds to each of them.
So, Paul and Robert, I’m sorry but I won’t be dragged into a scientific discussion on Climate Change with you, not because you’re not worth it (hint: you’re not!) but because I don’t want to fall for the trap of discussing superficially about this topic.
But in case any of the readers get tickled by the doubts you cast, I encourage THEM to read one or all of the above, and put your mind to rest: Climate Change is a fact, not an opinion.