Some well-intentioned people would have you believe that the world is going to melt away due to global warming, but according to a study distributed locally by the Sutherland Institute, there is a lot of disagreement in the scientific community concerning causes and effects of climate change.
“To the degree we can provide some clarity to the discussion of global warming, especially in light of Governor Huntsman’s new initiatives, we want to be of help,” said Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute. “Part of our role is to separate fact from fiction. The truth is scientists are far from agreement about global warming.”
In a recent Heartland Institute publication, Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Results of an International Survey of Climate Scientists, Joseph L. Bast and James M. Taylor have compiled the work of two German environmental scientists. Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch conducted a survey among more than 530 climate scientists from 27 different countries in both 1996 and 2003. Their findings include:
- Most scientists don’t believe scientific knowledge is sufficient to predict future climate
- Most do not believe computer models “accurately verify climate conditions”
- Most believe global warming would have some positive as well as negative effects
- Most believe the science is too unsettled to form a basis for public policy
The summary of the results from the international surveys can be found at http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/uploads/scientificconsensus.pdf.