Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism

21 December 2010

The Skeptical Science team (which includes myself) have recently completed a 16-page booklet called The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism. (Actually it was completed a fortnight ago, but I forgot to link to it at the time. Anyway, better late than never.)

To quote John Cook’s blog post launching the Guide:

Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at arguments expressing climate ‘skepticism’, what you often observe is cherry picking of pieces of evidence while rejecting any data that don’t fit the desired picture. This isn’t skepticism. It is ignoring facts and the science.

The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture.

The Guide explains the science in brief, plain language without getting too technical. For those who wish to dig deeper into the science, more detailed treatments can be found at the following pages (often presented with varying levels of complexity from Basic to Advanced):


  1. You forgot to include the chapter on empirical evidence for the “anthropogenic CO2 causes Global Warming” hypothesis.




  2. This guide is excellent but it does nothing to convert me from the skeptical (good) side to the dark (evil) side.

    Merry Christmas.

  3. “The Skeptical Science team (which includes myself) have recently completed a 16-page booklet called …”

    They have teenagers on their team? How many others on that team are teenagers?

    No wonder I can never get any sense out of the site when I comment!

    What make you think that you are qualified to give other people advice?

    I will publish this and your answer on my other website http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress,com




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