If you believe the climate is changing and that human activties are the cause, then you can probably go back to cleaning your house or whatever you were doing when you took a break to check in with SeaMonster.
But, if you are one of the hundred million or so Americans that still don't believe in this scientific reality, well then you better read on.
A new survey of over 12,000 peer-reviewed science papers by our citizen science team at Skeptical Science has found a 97% consensus in the peer-reviewed literature that humans are causing global warming.
Start here at the new Climate Conensus page.
Yes, John Skvarla the third, there is indeed a clear, well-establish, well-documented consensus.
The state of North Carolina's new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is a climate change denier. In a recent interveiw with Laura Leslie, he argued (wrongly);
"There is a great divergence of opinion on the science of climate. More dialogue is needed. We must engage the very best minds with diverse opinions to make conclusions on policy that will be driven by fact but simply to say that climate change is settled … science is fluid.”
When Leslie pointed out that 97 percent of qualified scientists agree on the science of climate change, Skvarla said, “I think that’s [the proportion of scientists] misleading. I have studied this every day for 10 years and there is a great divergence of opinion on this. I’m not ready to say which is right or wrong.”
John, it isn't up to you. Thousands of scientists have already done the work and concluded that climate change is real. Your job is to implement the best policies to mitigate the economic and environmental impacts of climate change on the state.