Reposted from The Conversation
The overwhelming scientific evidence tells us that human greenhouse gas emissions are resulting in climate changes that cannot be explained by natural causes.
Climate change is real, we are causing it, and it is happening right now.
Like it or not, humanity is facing a problem that is unparalleled in its scale and complexity. The magnitude of the problem was given a chilling focus in the most recent report of the International Energy Agency, which their chief economist characterised as the “worst news on emissions.”
Limiting global warming to 2°C is now beginning to look like a nearly insurmountable challenge.
Like all great challenges, climate change has brought out the best and the worst in people.
A vast number of scientists, engineers, and visionary businesspeople are boldly designing a future that is based on low-impact energy pathways and living within safe planetary boundaries; a future in which substantial health gains can be achieved by eliminating fossil-fuel pollution; and a future in which we strive to hand over a liveable planet to posterity.
At the other extreme, understandable economic insecurity and fear of radical change have been exploited by ideologues and vested interests to whip up ill-informed, populist rage, and climate scientists have become the punching bag of shock jocks and tabloid scribes.
Aided by a pervasive media culture that often considers peer-reviewed scientific evidence to be in need of “balance” by internet bloggers, this has enabled so-called “sceptics” to find a captive audience while largely escaping scrutiny.
Australians have been exposed to a phony public debate which is not remotely reflected in the scientific literature and community of experts.
Beginning today, The Conversation will bring much-needed and long-overdue accountability to the climate “sceptics.”
For the next two weeks, our series of daily analyses will show how they can side-step the scientific literature and how they subvert normal peer review. They invariably ignore clear refutations of their arguments and continue to promote demonstrably false critiques.
We will show that “sceptics” often show little regard for truth and the critical procedures of the ethical conduct of science on which real skepticism is based.
The individuals who deny the balance of scientific evidence on climate change will impose a heavy future burden on Australians if their unsupported opinions are given undue credence.
The signatories below jointly authored this article, and some may also contribute to the forthcoming series of analyses.
- Winthrop Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Australian Professorial Fellow, UWA
- Dr. Matthew Hipsey, Research Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environment, Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology, UWA
- Dr Julie Trotter, Research Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environment, UWA Oceans Institute, UWA
- Winthrop Professor Malcolm McCulloch, F.R.S., Premier’s Research Fellow, UWA Oceans Institute, School of Earth and Environment, UWA
- Professor Kevin Judd, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA
- Dr Thomas Stemler, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA
- Dr. Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll, Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, UWA
- Dr. Andrew Glikson, Earth and paleoclimate scientist, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Research School of Earth Science, Planetary Science Institute, ANU
- Prof Michael Ashley, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof David Karoly, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne
- Prof John Abraham, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
- Prof Ian Enting, ARC Centre for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, University of Melbourne
- Prof John Wiseman, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
- Associate Professor Ben Newell, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Matthew England, co-Director, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Dr Alex Sen Gupta Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof. Mike Archer AM, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Steven Sherwood, co-Director, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Dr. Katrin Meissner, ARC Future Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Dr Jason Evans, ARC Australian Research Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, UQ
- Dr Andy Hogg, Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU
- Prof John Quiggin, School of Economics, School of Political Science & Intnl Studies, UQ
- Prof Chris Turney FRSA FGS FRGS, Climate Change Research Centre and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW
- Dr Gab Abramowitz, Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre,Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Andy Pitman, Climate Change Research Centre, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Barry Brook, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide
- Prof Mike Sandiford, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne
- Dr Michael Box, Associate Professor, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, UNSW
- Prof Corey Bradshaw, Director of Ecological Modelling, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide
- Dr Paul Dargusch, School of Agriculture & Food Science, UQ
- Prof Nigel Tapper, Professor Environmental Science, School of Geography and Environmental Science Monash University
- Prof Jason Beringer, Associate Professor & Deputy Dean of Research, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University
- Prof Neville Nicholls, Professorial Fellow, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University
- Prof Dave Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University
- Prof Peter Sly, Medicine Faculty, School of Paediatrics & Child Health, UQ
- Dr Pauline Grierson, Senior Lecturer, School of Plant Biology, Ecosystems Research Group, Director of West Australian Biogeochemistry Centre, UWA
- Prof Jurg Keller, IWA Fellow, Advanced Water Management Centre, UQ
- Prof Amanda Lynch, School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University
- A/Prof Steve Siems, School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University
- Prof Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, The University of Adelaide
- Prof Glenn Albrecht, Professor of Sustainability, Director: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP), Murdoch University
- Winthrop Professor Steven Smith, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, UWA
- Dr Kerrie Unsworth, School of Business, UWA
- Dr Pieter Poot, Assistant Professor in Plant Conservation Biology, School of Plant Biology, UWA
- Adam McHugh, Lecturer, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University
- Dr Louise Bruce, Research Associate, School of Earth and Environment, UWA
- Dr Ailie Gallant, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne
- Dr Will J Grant, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU
- Rick A. Baartman, Fellow of the American Physical Society
- William GC Raper, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO (retired)
- Dr Chris Riedy, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
- Ben McNeil, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW
- Paul Beckwith, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
- Tim Leslie, PhD candidate, Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW
- Dr Peter Manins, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (post-retirement Fellow)
- Prof Philip Jennings, Professor of Energy Studies, Murdoch University
- Dr John Tibby, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide
- Prof Ray Wills, Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment, UWA
- Jess Robertson, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU
- Dr Paul Tregoning, Senior Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU
- Dr Doone Wyborn, Adjunct Professor, Geothermal Centre of Excellence, University of Queensland
- Dr. Jonathan Whale, Director, National Small Wind Turbine Centre (NSWTC), Murdoch University
- Dr Tas van Ommen, Australian Antarctic Division, Cryosphere Program Leader, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC
- Dr Jim Salinger, Honorary Research Associate, School of Environment, University of Auckland
- Dr P. Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, New York
- Prof Deo Prasad, Director Masters in Sustainable Development, UNSW
- Prof Rob Harcourt, Facility Leader, Australian Animal Tagging, Monitoring System Integrated Marine Observing System and Professor of Marine Ecology, Macquarie University
- Dr John Hunter, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania
- Dr Michael Brown, ARC Future Fellow & Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, Monash University
- Dr Karen McNamara, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific
- Dr Paul Marshall, Director – Climate Change, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Dr Ivan Haigh, Post-doctoral Research Associate, UWA Oceans Institute and School of Environmental Systems Engineering
- Dr Ian Allison, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC
- Dr Jennifer Coopersmith, Honorary Research Associate Department of Civil Engineering and Physical Sciences, La Trobe University
- Professor Emeritus Peter Kershaw, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University
- Professor Peter Gell, Director, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat
- Prof David A Hood, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
- Professor Lesley Hughes, Head of Biological Sciences and Co-director of Climate Futures at Macquarie, Macquarie University.
- Dr Melanie Bishop, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Climate Futures at Macquarie, Macquarie University.
- Dr Jane Williamson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Climate Futures at Macquarie, Macquarie University.
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