Sunday, 7 February 2010

Climate scepticism 'on the rise' - BBC poll

BBC graphic (Image: BBC)
The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.
The Populus poll of 1,001 adults found 25% did not think global warming was happening, an increase of 10% since a similar poll was conducted in November.
The percentage of respondents who said climate change was a reality had fallen from 83% in November to 75% this month.
And only 26% of those asked believed climate change was happening and "now established as largely man-made".
The findings are based on interviews carried out on 3-4 February.
In November 2009, a similar poll by Populus - commissioned by the Times newspaper - showed that 41% agreed that climate change was happening and it was largely the result of human activities.
BBC graphic (Image: BBC)

"It is very unusual indeed to see such a dramatic shift in opinion in such a short period," Populus managing director Michael Simmonds told BBC News.


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  3. The scam that will not die
    By Washington Times (DC) December 18, 2013 6:54 am

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    We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potato like chip. Or doomed to die with the polar bears. It was to be a soggy end for the most beautiful planet in the cosmos and for all the passengers riding on it. The global alarmists never quite got their story of fright and fear straight, whether by now we would be fried or frozen.
    First they warned of global warming, and when they needed a new narrative "global warming" became "climate change." They finally settled on something they could prove because the climate does, in fact, change. First it rains, and then the sun comes out. Then it rains again. Rain, sun, rain, sun, drip, drip and dry. The narrative is ever new.
    There was always a scarcity of evidence that the globe was on a wild tear, but there was never a scarcity of alarm. We got bedtime stories of ghosts and goblins from the graveyard, wild monsters from Boggy Creek, even a creature from a black lagoon and all kinds of other things that make the night a time of fearsome fun and games. Al Gore, who had a lot of time on his hands after his White House gig was aborted, even made a movie about it. It's still popular in certain circles on Halloween night.
    Only 13 years ago (and 13 is the unluckiest of the numbers, which is pretty scary, too), a scientist at the climate-research unit of Britain's University of East Anglia predicted that "within a few years' time" a snowfall would be "a vary rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is." Some of the newspapers eagerly cooperated with spreading the "news." One of them reported that for the first time a well-known toy shop on London's Regent Street had no sleds on display. Who needs scientific evidence when you have a story like that?