A Few Things Ill Considered

How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic

Below is a listing of all the articles to be found in the “How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic” guide, presented as a handy one-stop shop for all the material you should need to rebut the more common anti-global warming science arguments constantly echoed across the internet.

In what I hope is an improvement on the original categorization, they have been divided and subdivided along 4 separate lines: Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument, Levels of Sophistication. This should facilitate quick retrieval of specific entries. Individual articles will appear under multiple headings and may even appear in multiple subcategories in the same heading.

Please feel free to quote from, paraphrase, link to and otherwise use any or all of them in the best way possible to fight the good fight against mis- and dis- information where ever it appears! Email suggestions for new topics or links to more current scientific information to “a(dot)few(dot)things(dot)illconsidered(at)gmail(dot)com” or leave them in the comments.

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Stages of Denial


    1. There’s nothing happening
      1. Inadequate Evidence








                      1. Contradictory Evidence














                                                  1. No Consensus








                                                                1. We Don’t Know Why It’s Happening
                                                                  1. Models Don’t Work




                                                                          1. Prediction is Impossible


                                                                              1. We Can’t Be Sure




                                                                                      1. Prediction is Impossible
                                                                                    1. Climate Change is Natural
                                                                                      1. It Happened Before






                                                                                                  1. It’s Part of a Natural Change








                                                                                                                  1. It’s Not Caused By CO2










                                                                                                                                    1. Climate Change is Not Bad
                                                                                                                                      1. The Effects are Good
                                                                                                                                        1. The Effects are Minor


                                                                                                                                        1. Change is Normal
                                                                                                                                      1. Climate Change Can’t be Stopped
                                                                                                                                          1. Too Late
                                                                                                                                            1. It’s Someone Else’s Problem


                                                                                                                                                1. Economically Infeasible


                                                                                                                                              Scientific Topics


                                                                                                                                                1. Temperature













                                                                                                                                                                          1. Atmosphere
                                                                                                                                                                            1. Extreme Events
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Temperature Records




                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Storms


                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Droughts
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cryosphere
                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Glaciers


                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sea Ice
                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Ice Sheets


                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Oceans
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Modeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Scenarios


                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Uncertainties




                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Climate Forcings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Solar Influences


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Greenhouse Gases














                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Aerosols


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Paleo Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Holocene






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Ice Ages


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Geologic History





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Scientific Process















                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Types of Argument


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Uninformed









                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Misinformed


















                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Cherry Picking










                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Urban Myths








                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FUD






































                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Non Scientific










                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Underdog Theories


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Crackpottery




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Levels of Sophistication


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Silly







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Naive

















                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Specious




































                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Scientific







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (this index can also be found at Gristmill

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