97 Scientists Are Devoting 97 Hours To Debunking Climate Change Denial

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Skeptical Science invited 97 of the world's top climate scientists to each write a short paragraph explaining why human-caused climate change is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community. It's called "97 Hours of Consensus," with a new statement going online every sixty minutes.

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The choice of "97," of course, refers to the percentage of scientists who agree with the findings of the International Panel on Climate Change. If you were to narrow that list to scientists who frequently publish in the field and have a direct background in atmospheric physics, that figure goes up to 99%.

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As of this time of writing, there are still many hours to go. All of the statements are archived as they are posted, and can be read by clicking on drawings of the scientists on the site.

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Agree with the sentiment of "nice thought, but it'll make no difference."

Case in point: My dad, a very learned man in the ways of science, nature, biology and mathematics, is also an ultra-conservative who believes the party line that climate change isn't happening. And he's fit together a handy narrative (not rooted in proper study, of course, just a loose collection of true-but-disconnected factoids) that explains away global warming.

When he offered his convoluted explanation to me, I asked if he was right and if every single climatologist who believed in climate change was wrong, he unblinkingly said "Yes."

We'd never discussed climate change prior to that, and, as a man who championed the merits of logic when I was a kid (my dad was, and still his, a *huge* Star Trek fan), his "Yes" was definitely a gut-wrenching rug pull.