97% – Study of 12,000 peer-reviewed papers shows overwhelming consensus that climate change is happening

Congratulations to John Cook and his team for their paper demonstrating the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change:


They reviewed 12,000 papers: an enormous task.

Well done – now, lets see how the sceptics try to wave this away.

Conspiracy perhaps?

14 thoughts on “97% – Study of 12,000 peer-reviewed papers shows overwhelming consensus that climate change is happening

  1. Eric Worrall says:

    Not quite.

    Cook’s survey found 97% of papers which *mentioned* global warming attributed it to humans, but that was only 32% of the papers surveyed.

    Given the politicisation of the issue, its entirely possible a significant number of scientists in the large set of papers which didn’t mention global warming had different views, but decided to keep their heads down.

    We already know a lot of lies have been told about the “consensus” – for example, this private email indicates that most solar terrestrial physicists did not support the consensus in 2000, at a time when claims of a consensus were being widely promoted.


    There were a few good talks on the sun, but many were poor and few
    of those present seem to take in what I was saying about the observations
    and the paleo data, nor what Simon said about models and detection. Many
    in the solar terrestrial physics community seem totally convinced that
    solar output changes can explain most of the observed changes we are
    . The far-sighted ones are begining to doubt with the rapid rate
    of recent warming, however.

    • Nick says:

      Eric bases his assertion about the collective view of solar terrestrial physicists on a sample size of one [1] anecdote from one [1] meeting at which most certainly not all solar terrestrial physicists were present…

      Nice joking with ya,EW!

      And of course he does not know there may be a difference between ‘many’ and ‘most’. ‘:Most’ will surely encompass 51-99%..’many’ can certainly involve fewer than 50% of STPs present.

      In the end ,there is not much that can be drawn from E’s email dropping…just the dropping of it.

    • Nick says:

      So,yes,Eric,you have just told one of the lies about the consensus…

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      Eric – this is a logic fail.

    • Poor Eric, reduced to spluttering.

  2. john byatt says:

    Director, Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia
    The noise on the climate change debate has reached such level that my colleagues in the US, particularly scientists within Federal agencies, tell me that they avoid taking a position on climate change in public conversations and news releases

    which would appear to be keeping their heads down not because of having different views but rather because of being viciously targeted by the nutters in the denier community.

  3. john byatt says:

    Consensus is what deniers fear most. little wonder that they make stupid comments such as

    ” the large set of papers which didn’t mention global warming had different views, but decided to keep their heads down.”

    the continual battle with cognitive dissonance must take a toll on their mental health.


  4. Watching the Deniers says:

    Dear all – see the next post on the question of 32.6%

  5. mgm75 says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 And All That… The Fight Against Nonsense and commented:
    Something I feel that bares repeating over and over again because people just don’t get it.

  6. catweazle666 says:

    So that would be 97% of 32.6% would it?


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