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The overwhelming verdict on climate change is in

Sceptics - that is, stupid politicians, those totally unqualified to speak on the subject or hairy-chested ignoramuses - may scoff at what is being described as climate change, but the evidence is clearly there and in.    From none other than respected scientists and scientific bodies  - and, what's more, an overwhelming number.


"The most ambitious survey ever on the causes of climate change - covering 11,994 peer-reviewed academic papers by 29,000 scientists over 20 years - has found that 97.1% agree climate change is caused by human activity, with dissenters representing a "vanishingly small proportion." Yet there is a "gaping chasm" between the scientific consensus and public perception with just 42% of Americans seeing that connection, largely due to industry lobbying.

"There has been a systematic attempt to create the impression that scientists did not have a consensus, as part of a broader strategy to prevent federal government action. The public have been confused because people have been trying to confuse us."


On the topic of how our planet is under attack, also see this timely piece on nature, here.

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