All pages with keywords: climate scientists

Why being right is not enough for climate researchers

a commentary by Bob Ward 20 April, 2018

Climate change researchers need to improve their public debating skills. That was my take-away message for the audience last week at a special event on ‘Exploring Science Denialism in HIV/AIDS, … read more »


Climate stories: Why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

a research article by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth 11 March, 2016

Public perceptions of the climate debate predominantly frame the key actors as climate scientists versus sceptical voices; however, it is unclear why climate scientists and sceptical voices choose to participate … read more »


Climate stories: why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

Climate stories: why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

a working paper by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth 21 April, 2015

This paper explores the polarised debate between climate scientists and sceptical voices. It concludes that focusing on overlapping rationales, such as a sense of duty to publicly engage and recognition that political factors are a key topic of disagreement, as well as encouraging individuals to think critically about their own beliefs, may help to encourage constructive discussion and reduce polarisation. read more »


Why is Boris Johnson promoting climate change “sceptics”?

Why is Boris Johnson promoting climate change “sceptics”?

a commentary by Bob Ward 1 August, 2012

On Thursday, Boris Johnson will host the second of the Mayor of London 2012 Debates, which he claims are “London’s intellectual contribution to the [Olympic] Games”, and “will help define … read more »


Another researcher falls victim to the echo chamber of climate change denial

Another researcher falls victim to the echo chamber of climate change denial

a commentary by Bob Ward 2 April, 2012

An assistant professor of geochemistry at Syracuse University is the latest victim of the echo chamber of climate change denial which is used to mislead the public about the results … read more »


Anthropogenic global warming ‘stopped’ in 1997…and in 1996, 1995, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978 and 1972

Anthropogenic global warming ‘stopped’ in 1997…and in 1996, 1995, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978 and 1972

a commentary by Bob Ward 3 February, 2012

Self-proclaimed climate change ‘sceptics’ have for the past few years been recycling the myth that anthropogenic global warming has ‘stopped’. But these ‘sceptics’ always fail to point out is that, based on their logic, manmade global warming has actually ‘stopped’ nine times since 1970, in 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1995, 1996 and 1997. And they fail to mention that the underlying anthropogenic warming trend is clear and unambiguous when temperature data for the past four decades are taken into account. read more »


Is This The ‘Smoking Ray-Gun’ from The Extra-Terrestrial Origin of Global Warming?

Is This The ‘Smoking Ray-Gun’ from The Extra-Terrestrial Origin of Global Warming?

a commentary by Bob Ward 24 August, 2011

A new paper by scientists at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has been enthusiastically seized upon by some lobbyists and bloggers as a vindication of their claims that … read more »


A media relations mistake and inaccurate reporting about climate change

A media relations mistake and inaccurate reporting about climate change

a commentary by Bob Ward 15 July, 2011

Climate scientists often berate journalists for producing misleading articles about their work, but sometimes the research community should share the blame for inaccurate coverage. For instance, take the media reports … read more »


Climategate controversy continues

Climategate controversy continues

a commentary by Bob Ward 18 March, 2011

The “Climategate” saga still rumbles on. The British House of Commons science and technology committee in January published the final conclusions of its inquiry into the controversy surrounding emails hacked … read more »


Sceptical confusion about the carbon cycle

Sceptical confusion about the carbon cycle

a commentary by Bob Ward 21 February, 2011

Self-proclaimed climate change ‘sceptics’ are resorting to desperate measures in their efforts to confuse the public about the causes and consequences of global warming. read more »