Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change
Monday, May 20, 2013
Aired 5/20/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Naomi Oreskes, Professor, History and Science Studies, UC San Diego
Despite images of massive ice caps melting and thick pollution choking the air, there is still debate when it comes to climate change and global warming, even though science backs it up. The debate also continues over what's causing it. Now, a survey of climate experts points to a cause: humans.
The study calls those who do not believe in the concept of global warming "a vanishingly small proportion" of published research on the issue. The survey of the work of almost 30,000 scientists found 97% of published papers agree human activity is the cause of climate change.
But the debate in the media continues to suggest climate change is still an open question.
This study expands on work done by UC San Diego social science professor Naomi Oreskes. Her research almost a decade ago reached the same conclusion. Oreskes says misinformation has caused the disparity between what the public perceives and what is actual science.