Climate Change is no joke.

August 20, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Posted in AR4, Climate change, Climate science, Global warming, IPCC, My graphic, OmniGraffle, SPM, Student, Teacher, Unequivocal, Visual aids, Visual Spatial | 4 Comments

Climate Change is no joke.

(Update: this was first posted on May 8, 2007 and is now being republished with extra links, due to popular demand … Ed.)

Each green dot represents a scientist who bases his* answers upon scientific evidence and supports, in general, the summary of knowledge relating to climate change as summarised in the IPCC Assessment Report 4 (to be synthesised and published in full in November 2007).

Each red dot represents a scientist working to achieve one or more of these objectives:

  • to deny global warming
  • to deny human responsibility for causing (anthropogenic) global warming
  • to deny human ability to deal with the threat of climate change
  • to delay action to combat climate change
  • to prevent action to combat climate change

This note is for British pupils I know who have been given Geography projects requiring them to do internet searches on environmental topics. To help you get your information from a reliable source:

  • search on climate change rather than global warming
  • trust well-known authorities such as:
  • avoid American sources for British school projects unless you are familiar with the authors, or are specifically studying the American public and political response to climate change, and are aware of the politicisation of this topic in the USA
  • if you have already learnt about persuasive essays, think about the material you discover about global warming and consider whether it fits the tips you have been given to make your own stories more persuasive. For example, does the article you may quote from use: colourful language, emotive word choices, adjectives you can ‘taste’ or ‘smell’, personal appeals, exaggerated statements?

More misinformation is produced by the tiny number of “red dot scientists” and recirculated by their supporters than you would believe possible!

* P.S. I am showing no disrespect to female scientists here. After all, I are one (sic), and I care not one jot if someone addresses me as chairman (as I told the builders this week ;-) ). Forget the chairperson thing. I am using ‘his’ and ‘him’ in the same way we talk about ‘mankind’. OK, over to you, kids.



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  1. I got a chuckle from this:

    I am showing no disrespect to female scientists here.

    My mother is quite a feminist. But she was also an English teacher for 33 years. She has a genuine love of the language, and of correct usage, so the worst word you could say at our dinner table (worse than a string of obscenities that would make a sailor blush) was “ain’t.”

    And she always insisted that the default pronoun is “his,” because it’s standard usage, and “their” is just plain wrong (it implies plural when singular is meant).

  2. Hey there, inel!

    …colourful language, emotive word choices, adjectives you can ‘taste’ or ’smell’, personal appeals, exaggerated statements?

    Ah, the tools of the skeptical community. And what would happen if these workers were forced to put their tools away? Well I guess they couldn’t do their work, could they? 😛

  3. This blog is a joke if you believe AGW.

  4. Dear Dr. J,

    Thank you for your insightful comment.

    I do accept climate change is true and real, and that anthropogenic effects on our atmosphere are significant and need to be reduced.

    Funnily enough, when you wrote, I was watching the Exxon Files.

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