The article on scientific opinion on climate change (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change) is twice as long as the one for climate change itself. This is mainly because it is a very dear topic that is constantly, erroneously (but effectively) 'discredited' by 'news outlets'. It is very important that the world know, beyond a doubt, that there is a scientific CONSENSUS that climate change is caused by human activity -- specifically the release of CO2 into the atmosphere through combustion of fossil fuels.
Yes the models need to be adjusted, they will be, repeatedly. But it doesn't change the fact that the problem is somewhere between bad and hellish.
Cosmic rays, as the previous comment suggests is an example of a differing hypothesis that may explain the same observations, is the theory that decreased activity from the Sun (sunspots and related activity) decreases the protection provided from solar wind and increases the effect of cosmic rays on the planet (reducing cloud formation/cover). This hypothesis has been calculated to contribute, at maximum, 10% of the change we have observed, and, since this is a cyclic process(the ebb and flow of solar activity) on the order of 11 years, historic data can show the effect during previous cycles*.
*'Cosmic rays, solar activity and the climate',T Sloan and A W Wolfendale, 2013, Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 045022
Also Check http://www.skepticalscience.co... for this topic.
It has been for a long time.
I've used to dream of leaving and not looking back and I have the means, but where would that leave this place?
Down one educated individual.
Down one tax payer.
I have no idea what to do.
I could fight it. I could spend my whole life fighting it. To what end?
I do not want power. I just want the power that exists to not be abused.
Could some scientist/engineer out there run on that platform? You'd have my vote.
Send out mailers to your constituents with randomized logins to your polling web-site. Do what they say. Post the results. Keep public records. Be accountable. Only for 1 or max 2 terms, and then go back to your day job. Please.
And you know what? They keep looking for more data. They may even set up their own experiments. They are smart mother fuckers that love to know how the world works, their effect on it, and their place in it. They also enjoy finding out new things. So if they run a test and the results disagree with the current body of data, they present it all over the place, and they have their methods examined, their testing redone, and they are either shown to be right or wrong.... eventually. Hell, if they are right about something major, we give them a million bucks and a medal!
Currently, there is a 97% consensus among climate scientists that not only is the climate changing dramatically, but humans are the likely cause via the burning of fossil fuels.
When you start your research, it would be prudent to start at NOAA before BP, as sometimes conflicts of interest exist -- even in science. Something something money.