Posted on 30 May 2012.
Global warming is a hot topic of debate amongst scholars and politicians. Many countries have sat down to discuss cut backs on emission of CO2 and greenhouse gases in Kyoto and Copenhagen, both of which have failed. Many critics still remain unsettled and skeptic about global warming. This article looks at the reasons why climate change skeptics remain skeptics. It highlights 10 skeptics and their arguments in the process.
1. Pat Michaels:
Michaels is a climatologist and senior fellow for policy and economic development at Cato Institute. His books highlight the dangers of global warming and he believes that CO2 emissions are having a warm effect on the earth. Additionally, Michaels is distraught over the inaccurate temperature measurements made in ‘urban heat islands’. The temperatures are much higher than the temperatures in surrounding areas and have thus been inaccurate. Before he believes in the global warming effect, he needs to be persuaded that the temperature rise is not part of the 1,500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle.
2. Bob Carter:
3. Professor Henrik Svensmark & Mojif Latif:
Svensmark believes that the global warming has stopped. The cooling period for him has thus begun. He remains skeptic because the star that keeps us alive has been free of sunspots for most of the time in the contemporary age.
4. Danish Meteorologist Institute:
Danish Meteorological Institute remains skeptic because of studies done in Greenland. After extensive work in Greenland, the institute found that the country/island was cooler than it was in 1940. The idea that the poles are melting is thus not accurate for them.
One can view their report on http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/greenland/vintheretal2006.pdf.
5. Fred Singer:
Fred Singer believes that CO2 concentration will not double as economies are become are relying less on carbon. He is also skeptic about climate change because he sees no evidence of CO2 contributing to global warming.
For him warmer temperatures are a good thing. Settlement is made possible in areas such as Greenland. Vikings were one group that were able to occupy Greenland with the help of warmer temperatures.