Only a quarter of people believe that climate change is the most serious problem that the world faces, according to a poll for The Times ...undertaken last weekend, ...
only two in five people in Britain accept as an established scientific fact that global warming is largely man-made.
83 per cent accept, from what they have heard, that the Earth’s climate is changing and that global warming is taking place, with 15 per cent disagreeing.
Among the public as a whole 41 per cent agrees that it is established that climate change is largely man-made. Tory voters are more dubious, at 38 per cent, than Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters (at 45 and 47 per cent).99% of climate scientist accept man-made global warming (AGW)
40% of voters accept AGW.
This disparity represents a massive failure on the part of corporate journalism to give accurate information to the public.
The first group of comments is solidly from denialists, one of whom asks "What planet is Mike Childs [FoE campaigner] and other eco-activists living on?"
My answer: Same one as you, Roland. Smallish watery planet called Earth, part of the solar system, in the Orion arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.
The global scientific community (IPCC) is agreed that there is a serious problem due to our burning of ancient stores of carbon. There are a few dissenting voices in the scientific and engineering community, as there always is in science, especially to new ideas. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of atmosphere scientists and scientific associations are of the opinion that should decarbonise our economy as a matter of urgency.
This is not an academic debate. We and our children are part of the experiment that is taking place.
We have to make a choice: do we go with the scientists, or the AGW denial lobby?
Say we decarbonise our economy, and it turns out (unlikely as that may be) that scientists' view is wrong? Well, we will have created hundreds of thousands of jobs in insulation and renewable energy manufacturing and taken thousands out of fuel poverty. We will also have reduced the shock of Peak Oil and Peak Gas, and reduced the acidification of the oceans. And we will have addressed our energy security problems. Also increased prosperity in hot countries. Not bad.
Say on the other hand, we blithely go the way of the denialists and sceptics, and it turns out, as per all reasonable expectations, that they are wrong? We will have problems with energy security, Peak Oil, Peak Gas, acidified oceans, acid rain, fuel poverty, unemployment, poverty, civil unrest and finally, massive, catastrophic climate disruption from droughts, floods, crop failures, disease, and war. With massive new immigration caused by environmental collapse. Not good.
Decarbonisation is definitely the way to go.