Someone once said that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but everybody has to rely on the same facts. All but one of the statements below are made by, or in stories about statements by scientists. Spot the one that wasn’t and win a cookie! Now, no Googling blocks of text or I’ll be very annoyed.
What do you do when people state things as fact that are wildly different? If you’re a city planner evaluating developments on a coastline, who do you listen to? If you’re a voter trying to make sure your choice means something, who do you believe?
I’m going to do this with no links, as I want you to decide what to do based on statements, not your opinion of where it appeared.
1. “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade.”
2. “No, climate change is not experiencing a hiatus. No, there is not currently a “pause” in global warming.”
3. “A new study has found sea level rise accelerated faster in the past two decades than it did for the majority of the 20th century.”
4. “A new paper shows that sea levels rose faster in the ten years from 1993-2003 than they have since. Sea levels are still rising but the rate has slowed since 2004.”
5. “The number of victims caused by climate change is very big–bigger than the victims of wars.”
6. “I’ll put this in a crude way: no amount of climate change is going to cause civil violence in the state where I live (Massachusetts), or in Sweden or many other places around the world.”. “If we want to reduce the level of violence in other places, then it would be more efficient to focus on these factors: to bring people out of abject poverty, to provide them with the technology that loosens the connection between climate and survival, to reduce corruption, and so forth, rather than on preventing climate change.”
7. “In the context of global warming, extreme atmospheric flows are causing extreme climate incidents to appear more frequently.”
8. “There is low confidence in any observed long-term (i.e., 40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (i.e., intensity, frequency, duration), after accounting for past changes in observing capabilities.”
mmm, okay, some of them were IPCC, Michael Mann, Osama bin Laden, James Hansen, but not in that order…