It is not about belief in climate change

NewImageby Chris Yarzab

Tackling belief is the key to overcoming climate change scepticism |
[Via Adam Corner | Environment | guardian.co.uk]

In a Guardian comment piece last week, Vicky Pope, a senior Met Office scientist, articulated a view that is frequently expressed by scientists: that climate change is a matter of empirical evidence, not belief.

But a decade of social science research on public attitudes shows that in fact, scepticism about climate change is not primarily due to a misunderstanding of “the science”.

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The words used are all wrong. This should not be about belief in something. In that case, my beliefs are just as important as your beliefs.

It should be about  acknowledgement. Do people acknowledge that the Earth is warming? If not, why not? Virtually every bit of empirical data indicates that the Earth is warming. What data do they have that disproves this and how strong is it versus every other bit of data?

Because the empirical data indicating that the Earth is warming are as vast and strong as almost any produced by human endeavors.

This should not be about beliefs. Do they refuse to acknowledge what empirical facts demonstrate? Because we can not have any sort of conversation if we occupy two different realities – one based on acknowledging facts and one based on beliefs.

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2 thoughts on “It is not about belief in climate change

  1. “Virtually every bit of empirical data indicates that the Earth is warming. What data do they have that disproves this and how strong is it versus every other bit of data?”

    They don’t need to disprove this, this data supports their denial. They are not denying that the earth is warming, they simply do not accept that it is anthropogenic. Empirical data of a warming world is evidence that the climate changes only, it is not evidence that human activity is the cause. Proof of climate change supports the skeptic side, they know the climate alway changes.

    How many times must the skeptics repeat this?

    1. There are a huge number of people who deny global warming and I have talked with some. To state that all skeptics believe in global warming is a case of moving the goal posts.

      For those people like you that acknowledge global warming, we should be able to have a discussion about causes, about trying to understand why it is warming.

      Of course the climate always changes. What researchers have been doing for over 100 years is studying why. Things like the Milankovitch cycles are an example. Scientists have discovered a tremendous amount of details about climate from a wide variety of scientific approaches.

      They know the inputs and they know the outputs. When they try and add up everything to get a global picture, there is a gap between what should be and what is. That gap is amply filled if human production of CO2 is added.

      WHat is your hypothesis for filling that gap?

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