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Climate Change Collection

As if there weren't enough controversy already over global warming and the likely major cause (or some would say not likely) being man-made, now comes “Climatgate” and the uproar or hacked email accounts and possible data-tampering. Climate skeptics smell blood and congress calls for investigations. As the snow flies people seem to be losing interest and the possibility for real action on climate change may be slipping through our fingers yet again. As a service to our readers we have decided to gather articles and commentary from the Skeptical Inquirer website on global warming in one easy to access place for your review and consideration.

Alternative Medicine, Impact Threats, Abrupt Climate Change, and Efficient Energy

Skeptical Inquirer

Matt Nisbet
November 1, 1998
A brief review of several of the sessions at the World Skeptics Congress

Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?

Skeptical Inquirer

Stuart D. Jordan
September 1, 2009
CFI vets list of 687 'dissenting scientists' in Senate minority report; 80% haven't published peer-reviewed climate research.

Disinformation about Global Warming

Skeptical Inquirer

David Morrison
April 26, 2010
Most arguments from global warming disputers don’t make scientific sense or are based on distorted or obsolete information. Here are short answers to ten of...

Let’s Keep Our Cool about Global Warming

Skeptical Inquirer

Bjørn Lomborg
March 1, 2008
Given the recent debate in our pages over global warming and climate change, we invited Bjørn Lomborg for his perspective

Mann Bites Dog: Why ‘Climategate’ Was Newsworthy

Skeptical Inquirer

Mark Boslough
April 25, 2010
“When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”

The Global Warming Debate: Science and Scientists in a Democracy

Skeptical Inquirer

Stuart D. Jordan
November 1, 2007
Science does not offer certainty. The results of modern science are typically presented in statistics and probabilities.

The Storms over Climate Change

Skeptical Inquirer

David Morrison
March 3, 2011
The three books I review here offer complementary frontline accounts of the Climate Wars.

A “Two Step Flow of Popularization” for Climate Change

Special Articles

Matt Nisbet
February 26, 2007
Recruiting Opinion-Leaders for Science

Abuses of Skepticism

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
December 5, 2003
Doubting is a powerful tool, but it can definitely be taken too far.

Bad Science, Bad Fiction

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
January 18, 2005
In Michael Crichton's work, the two are intimately connected.

Climate Science on Trial

Special Articles

Derek C. Araujo
June 3, 2010
Why climate scientists should refuse to engage global warming deniers in public debates.

Controversy Erupts Over Errors, Bias in Textbook

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Henry Huber
May 8, 2008
In 2006, public high-school junior Matthew LaClair secretly tape recorded the religious messages his teacher aimed at students.

Don’t Listen to Those Pesky Scientists

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Chris Mooney
April 8, 2004
Why science adviser John Marburger's defense of the Bush administration's science policies fails.

Evaluating the Impact of The Day After Tomorrow

Special Articles

Matt Nisbet
June 16, 2004
Can a Blockbuster Film Shape the Public’s Understanding of a Science Controversy?

Learning from Nonsense?

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
May 18, 2004
Can the hoopla surrounding The Day After Tomorrow actually educate about the real global warming issue?

Moving Beyond Gore’s Message: A Look Back (and Ahead) at Climate Change Communications

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Matt Nisbet
January 9, 2008
Conventional wisdom pegs 2007 as the long awaited tipping point in waking the public up to the urgency of global warming.

Science Wars II

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
July 19, 2005
Where does the debate now stand over science and the Bush administration?

The New Science Wars

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
March 15, 2004
Is George W. Bush's the most anti-science administration in modern times?

The Next Big Storm

Special Articles

Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney —
August 3, 2006
Can Scientists and Journalists Work Together to Improve Coverage of the Hurricane-Global Warming Controversy?

The Skeptical Environmentalist: A Case Study in the Manufacture of News

Special Articles

Matt Nisbet
January 23, 2003
Review of the book by Bjørn Lomborg

Upping the Anti

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Chris Mooney
December 8, 2005
Tom Bethell takes the modern political right’s “war on science” to a whole new level.

Wake Up Call

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Chris Mooney
June 18, 2004
Leading scientists say climate change must finally receive the attention it deserves. True skeptics should agree with them.