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The climate change emails scandal, a good analysis

Here’s a great analysis of what these so-called leaks on climate science have been distorted by the mad right and the head-in-the-sand climate sceptics.

(And here’s a good overview of the real science.

And the start of a good clear series is here, the embedded video is a great episode but you should watch them all)

Grist has some compelling stats on why these sceptics have caused a lot of damage.

In the view of the writer Geoffrey Lean, environmental NGOs have not seen off the challenge nearly effectively enough.

It’s scary:

“Perhaps the first sign of the shift came six weeks ago when a Pew Research Center poll reported “a sharp decline in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising”—only 57 percent compared to 71 percent in April 2008 and 77 percent in the two previous years. Those who believed that humans were causing it dropped to 35 percent, from 41 to 50 percent in previous polls.”

“…only 41 percent of Britons, concluded the survey for The Times, accepted as an established scientific fact that global warming is taking place and is largely man-made.”

I’ve got only one thing to say about climate change science:

If you felt a bit ill, and went to see 1000 doctors, and 999 of those doctors told you act in one way, or risk early death, and one of them said “don’t worry”, then what would you do?

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