Fein wrong: Scientists agree on climate change
July 17, 2013 11:39 PM | 1475 views | 4 4 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Whether one admits it or not, we trust science. Every time we take an antibiotic, every time we step on to an airplane, every time we use an electronic device, we are confirming the success of the scientific method. Climate science is no different. It doesn’t use a different kind of physics, chemistry or biology. It doesn’t have an “alternate” scientific method one accesses via secret handshake. This is why scientifically literate people are baffled by the kind of climate science denial illustrated in Dr. Melvyn Fein’s latest “radium salesman” MDJ column.

These are the facts. The overwhelming majority of scientists who spend their entire careers studying climate — dedicated and intelligent adults from multiple disciplines working within public and private firms and institutions across the globe — agree that global temperature has increased rapidly and significantly since the industrial revolution. This is not debated within the literature. It is established. In addition, many independent lines of evidence (for conspiracy theorists, the word independent is important here) indicate that human activity is responsible for the increase.

Don’t make the mistake of conflating the political and social response to climate change, with the evidence-based reality of climate change.

Ryan Bays


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Steve Rhinehart
July 18, 2013
In fact I just read an article by Ian Pilmer, Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at the University of Melbourne in which he says a volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed enough Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere to negate all mankind's efforts to control CO2 emissions for the past 5 years.

And, guess what folks. Volcanos erupt with frightening regularity all over the world and have been doing so since the planet began to recover from the Ice Age.

So much for mankind's contribution.
Ryan Bays
July 18, 2013
Hi Steve,

I recommend you skim the Australian government's thorough "Responses to Professor Ian Plimer's 101 climate questions" for perspective on why Dr. Pilmer, a mineralogist with no background in climate science, has no credibility in the field.
Ole Man
July 18, 2013
You mention facts from some Scientists, however there are other Scientists that do not agree with the facts that climate change is all human caused.
Not a Scientiest
July 23, 2013
Ole Man, you should re-read Mr. Bays' letter, specifically the last sentence: "Don’t make the mistake of conflating the political and social response to climate change, with the evidence-based reality of climate change."

95% of the climate science community agrees with the consensus that climate change is real and that human activity is making it worse. The scientists you "cite" are either unqualified or have a (paid) agenda.
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