Climate Change Matrix

This webpage was born from a question directed my way in December 2006, “what do you think about global warming?  My reply was simply, “I don’t know enough to give you an informed opinion, but what I’ll do is research the question for the next year or two and get back with you.”   Pretty nutty, huh?  Is it loony to defer a question like that?

 

While it can be gratifying to the ego to respond in casual conversation with certainty, it is far more important to respond with the Truth.  My research during 2007 and 2008 has taken me to places that seemed ridiculous.  Some avenues of research led me to realize that for some people politics was more important that scientific integrity. A conversation with people on both sides of the issue has been in some cases very disappointing. In more than one case I’ve lost respect for individuals who are playing politics with science. Wading through the political dung heaps that surround this issue was pure olfactory insult.   I uncovered perversions of persuasion, money passed under the table, censorship, propaganda, bold lies, “junk science”, amongst those who had no political axe to grind.  An entire catalog of logical fallacies are creatively employed by writers on this topic: ad hominen, ad nauseum, appeal to authority, appeal to fear, false dilemma, bare assertion fallacy, arguementum ad ignorantiam, begging the question, etc., enough to keep a professional philosopher busy for decades trying to sort out the valid truth claims from the nonsense.

 

The heart of the matter is going to be the answer to this question, “to what extent, if any, does mankind contribute to climate change and if he does contribute to climate change, is there anything that can be done to ameliorate (reduce, eliminate ) those effects?

 

This is the question that drove my inquiry, and provided the information presented below. This website will attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff, the science from the nonsense, the truth from the lies.  Some of the links reference educational sources that will define basic terms of the debate, including scientific method, logic, etc. I hope you enjoy finding out the difference between Science and pseudo science.

 

 


On The Offense:

 

A Layman's Guide to the Science and Controversy

 

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic

 

Examining the Science of Global Warming Skepticism

 

US Government Global Change Research Program

 

The Discovery of Global Warming

 

WIKIPEDIA: Scientific Opinion on Climate Change

 

Promoting Integrity in the Use of Climate Science In Government

 

Climate Science from Climate Scientists

 

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change

 

Get Informed and Let It Change You-A Risk Management Approach

 

Lloyds of London's - Climate Change Risk - Adapt or Bust

 

 

Position Statements by Scientific Organizations:

 

AAAS: The American Association for the Advancement of Science       and its statement:

http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/climate_change/mtg_200702/aaas_climate_statement.pdf

262 Societies and Academies of Science reaching 10 million individuals

 

AAS: African Academy of Sciences

the network of AAS groups issued this statement:

http://www.interacademies.net/Object.File/Master/4/825/NASAC%20G8%20statement%2007%20-%20low%20res.pdf

162 members, 28 countries

 

ACS: American Chemical Society

and its statement:

http://portal.acs.org/portal/fileFetch/C/WPCP_007661/pdf/WPCP_007661.pdf

11,474 members

 

AGU: The American Geophysical Union

and its statement:

http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/climate_change_position.html

50,000 members

 

AIP: American Institute of Physics

and its statement:

http://www.aip.org/gov/policy12.html

125,000 members

 

AMS: The American Meteorological Society

and its statement:

http://www.ametsoc.org/policy/climatechangeresearch_2003.html

12,000 members

 

APS: The American Physical Society   

and its statement:

http://www.aps.org/policy/statements/07_1.cfm

46,000 members

 

CMOS: Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

and its statement:

http://www.cmos.ca/climatechangepole.html

1,100 members

 

EA: Engineers Australia

and its statement:

http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/representation/policy-positions/climate-change.cfm

 

EGU: European Geosciences Union

and its statement

http://www.egu.eu/fileadmin/files/egustatement.pdf

9,000 members 

 

ESF: European Science Foundation

and its statement:

http://www.esf.org/index.php?eID=tx_ccdamdl_file&p[file]=9227&p[dl]=1&p[pid]=4051&p[site]=European%20Science%20Foundation&p[t]=1217533147&hash=9f53101436830daa3da42dfcabc57257&l=en

77 member organizations, 30 countries

 

 

GISS: Goddard Institute for Space Studies

and its research:

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20080514/

 

GSA: The Geological Society of America

and its statement:

http://www.geosociety.org/positions/position10.htm

21,000 members in 85 countries

 

IAP: Interacademy Panel

and its statement:

http://www.interacademycouncil.net/CMS/Reports/11840/11842.aspx

98 Science Academies

 

IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

and its statement:

http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/syr/ar4_syr_spm.pdf

 

NA: The National Academies

and their statement

http://nationalacademies.org/onpi/06072005.pdf

 

 

NOAA's NCDC: National Climatic Data Center

and its statement:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html

 

SOCC: State of the Canadian Cyrosphere

and its statement:

http://www.socc.ca/permafrost/permafrost_future_e.cfm

 

UCAR: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

and its statement:

http://eo.ucar.edu/basics/cc_1.html

 

UCS: Union of Concerned Scientists

and its statement:

http://www.ucsusa.org/news/positions/position-papers-of-ucs-global-warming.html

200,000 members

 

The Climate Change Blogosphere:

 

An Insiders View of Climate Science, Politics and Solutions

 

Environmental News and Commentary

 

Digg It - Environment

 

Climate Feedback

 

Climate Change

 

Al Gore's Blog

 

The Earth Blog

 

Blistered Orb

 

Open Mind

 

In Balance

 

Dot Earth

 

Celsias

 

A New Way To Understand Disputes About Global Warming

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Climate Code Red

 

http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1126

 

http://books.nap.edu/collections/global_warming/index.html

 

Hadley Centre Publications

 

IPCC Publications

 

EPA Publications on Global Warming

 

The Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming

 

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change - 2008

 

 

WMO WDCGG Publications

WMO Greenhouse Gases Bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS SOURCES:

Environmental News Courtesy of Reuters

ScienceDaily's Climate News

Climate Ark

Climate Change News

Sci Dev Net

New Scientist - Environment

Nature Publishing Group

Scientific American: Global Warming

Times of India - Earth - Global Warming

BBC - Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE SITES:

NASA Climate

NOAA Climate

WMO Climate

UK Met Hadley Centre

US - The National Academies

Germany - Umweltbundesamt

Sweden - Natur Vards Verket

South Africa - Climate Systems Analysis Group

Australia - Bureau of Meteorology - Climate

Germany - Potsdam Institute for Climate Research

UK - Environmental Research Letters

Africa - ACCESS Africa Centre for Climate and Earth System Science

US - American Geophysical Research Letters

NAT GEO: National Geographic

Japan - World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases

Japan - Tokyo Climate Center's Global Warming & Climate Change Monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL & GOVERNMENT SITES:

US Department of Energy

EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency

and its statement:

http://epa.gov/climatechange/science/stateofknowledge.html

 

The World Bank

 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVOCACY – Make a Difference

 

Climate Institute

The Climate Group

WE Can Solve It

Climate Solutions

Climate Action Network

WWF - Climate Change- Solutions-Actions

Climate Hot Map - Solutions

The Nature Conservancy

National Wildlife Action - USA Today Ad on Behalf of Hunters

704 Hunters and Anglers Groups Tackle Global Warming

Fight Global Warming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURVEYS:

 

AMS Broadcast Meteorologist Survey - #5 & #6 on Global Warming

 

EESI Collection of Surveys

 

Gallup Poll - Little Increase in American's Worries

 

Global Warming Survey

 

NYC Global Warming Survey

 

Pew Research - Global Warming Causes & Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.   

Samuel Johnson