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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic by Coby Beck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada License.
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