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Climate Science Is Not Settled

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We are very far from the knowledge needed to make good climate policy, writes leading scientist Steven E. Koonin. The idea that "Climate science is settled" runs through today's popular and policy discussions. Unfortunately, that claim is misguided. It has not only distorted our public and policy debates on issues related to energy, greenhouse-gas emissions and the environment. But it also has inhibited the scientific and policy discussions that we need to have about our climate future.

Global Warming ‘Pause’ is More Than Temporary; Scientific Evidence

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Friends of Science president Len Maier wrote in the Montreal Gazette that we dispute the claim by Dr. Shaun Lovejoy of McGill University that the current 16-plus-year slowdown in global warming is merely a pause. "The scientific method requires comparing predictions of your theory to the observational evidence, and the anthropogenic global warming theory as expressed in climate models fails the test." Lovejoy also falsely claimed there is a “consensus among scientists” of his views, but there is a wide range of views among climate scientists on the effect of CO2 emissions on global warming.

Rebuttal to Phil Elder's 'Primer on Global Warming'

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This is the FoS rebuttal to Phil Elder's article published on TroyMedia July 28, 2014. Elder wrote many incorrect statements about climate, falsely concluding that human-caused CO2 emissions are dangerous. We rebut his assumptions using empirical evidence.

The Science of Climate Change: A Consideration of the IPCC Assessment Reports

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Dr. A Neil Hutton, a former director the the Friends of Science Society, wrote this essay that examines the procedures and science of the IPCC climate assessment reports. He shows that the IPCC failed to follow the scientific method and does not practice full disclosure. The reports ignores a large body of evidence that does not support its hypothesis about the human impact on climate change. They ignore evidence that natural factors, especially the impact of the changing Sun, have a large influence on climate. Assessment reports since the first one have become increasing alarmist even with declining evidence of warming from human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. A large part of the warming recorded by government datasets is due to localized urbanization warming.

An Essay by Nigel Lawson: Cool It

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This essay by Nigel Lawson is based on the text of a speech given to the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at the University of Bath. He says, "We know that, over millennia, the temperature of the earth has varied a great deal, long before the arrival of fossil fuels. ... the CO2 effect on the earth’s temperature is probably less than was previously thought. ... studies have clearly shown that, overall, the warming predicted for most of this century is likely to do more good than harm. ... Over the past 30 years or so, the earth has become observably greener, [due to CO2 fertilization] and this has even affected most parts of the Sahel. ...Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked."

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