What About the Contrarians? A Guide

 

What about the Contrarians? A Guide

Fallacious claims of climate contrarians /deniers /faux-skeptics, along with attacks by biased right-wing media and ignorant politicians against climate risk management action and climate science, are exposed below.  

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A paid climate skeptic switches sides" (Jerry Taylor, formerly Cato Institute) 

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Here's a great summary by the comedian JOHN OLIVER

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Articles on Contrarians

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Rebuttals of Contrarians

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INVESTIGATIONS CLEARING SCIENTISTS ("Climategate")

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CONTRARIAN CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES

In Florida, officials banned the term 'climate change'. 

Hurricane Irma hitting Florida Made Worse by Climate Change, Scientists Say

 

CASE STUDY

Right-wing climate contrarian media - as usual - misinterpret science

Here is a good scientific analysis of a real scientific paper:

Is there really still a chance for staying below 1.5 °C global warming?

Here is a statement by the papers' authors complaining about contrarian media misinterpreting the paper:

Clarification on  recent press coverage of our '1.5 degrees' paper in Nature Geoscience

Here is an explanation of the paper:

Factcheck: Climate models have not ‘exaggerated’ global warming

Here are the right-wing climate contrarian media that misinterpreted the paper:

Daily Wire misunderstands study (+ Fox News, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Breitbart)

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CLIMATE CONTRARIAN/DENIER ANALYSES

Climate and environmental science denial: Scientific literature 1990–2015

 

CLIMATE CONTRARIAN/DENIER NEWS ITEMS

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How to talk with contrarians - Video by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Link is HERE.

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The Problem of Pseudoscience

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Bob Ward on Exxon Climate Misinformation

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Where can I get More Information on Contrarians/Deniers?

There are many references and links to get reliable information on contrarians. A great resource is RealClimate's Wiki, which is “an index for debunking of various popular media occurrences of climate-related nonsense”.  HERE is the list of responses to common contrarian arguments at RealClimate. RealClimate is the go-to scientifically accurate website run by professional climatologists. A good summary of climate change denial on Wikipedia is HERE.

Other excellent sites debunking contrarians include Coby Beck’s How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic and Skeptical Science; these have organized lists of contrarian arguments and responses, and HERE is the Skeptical Science iphone app. More useful information refuting contrarian claims is at the UK Met Office, the Union of Concerned Scientists, DeltoiddeSmogBlog (which has a LIST of contrarians with background information), Grist, Prof. Stephen Schneider's websiteNERCEDFIsland of Doubt, Climate Science Watch, and Climate Progress.

More references / sources are in the Climate Portal's Full Article.

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Bottom line on Contrarian Non-Risk-Management from Skeptical Science

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VIDEOS

DENIAL 101 (SkepticalScience.com)

Index of videos by week

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Video on connecting tobacco science denial with climate science denial

Link is HERE.

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Last edit 8Dec2017

 

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