Temps Have Gone Up, Say Ninety-Seven Percent of Climate Scientists


In addition, 84 percent believe that man-made global warming is occurring. These are among the results from a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the D.C.-based Statistical Assessment Service (STATS). Other findings include:

A slight majority (54%) believe the warming measured over the last 100 years is not "within the range of natural temperature fluctuation."

A slight majority (56%) see at least a 50-50 chance that global temperatures will rise two degrees Celsius or more during the next 50 to 100 years. (The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cites this increase as the point beyond which additional warming would produce major environmental disruptions.)

Based on current trends, 41% of scientists believe global climate change will pose a very great danger to the earth in the next 50 to 100 years, compared to 13% who see relatively little danger. Another 44% rate climate change as moderately dangerous.

Seventy percent see climate change as very difficult to manage over the next 50 to 100 years, compared to only 5% who see it as not very difficult to manage. Another 23% see moderate difficulty in managing these changes.

Science is not done by voting, but these results are pretty interesting. Go here for more of the STATS climate science poll results.

Disclosure: Before some H&R commenters denounce me for not disclosing the "fact" that STATS is some kind of corporate front (and you know who you are), I direct your attention to the STATS entry at Sourcewatch. By the way, have you ever noticed how much nicer Sourcewatch's entries for left-leaning organizations like the Tides Foundation and Environmental Defense are? Here's Sourcewatch's entry on Sourcewatch. If you care to, take a look, here's their entry on the Reason Foundation which publishes reason magazine. Finally, I generally find that STATS offers useful and insightful analyses of leftwing statistical hype.