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Separating useful signals from distracting noise in the climate discussion

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Arguments from basic physics, data analysis, and climate modelling suggest that climate-­warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Ninety‐seven percent of climate scientists, and more than 18 international scientific organizations, endorse this position1. Despite this apparently clear diagnosis, there is still a considerable amount of “noise” regarding climate change in popular discussion. In this informal talk, I attempt to distinguish high quality “signal” from some of the unreliable “noise” in the broad conversation about climate and climate change.

[1] W. R. L. Anderegg, “Expert Credibility in Climate Change,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 107 No. 27, 12107-­12109 (21 June 2010); DOI : 10.1073/pnas.1003187107.

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