A new in-depth analysis of peer-reviewed summaries on the topic of global warming/climate change that were published in the past 21 years shows an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is mostly caused by human actions.
The research team, which was led by John Cook of the University of Queensland, found that 97% of those summaries endorsed the consensus. This new report was just published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
According to EurekAlert, a 2012 poll indicated that more than half of Americans disagree or are unaware that scientists overwhelmingly agree that the planet is warming due to human activity.
The Cook-led research team considered a total of 11,994 papers that were published in 1,980 different scientific journals. Of those papers, 32.6 percent endorsed man-made global warming, 66.4 percent stated no position and just 0.7 percent rejected man-made global warming.
To break it down further, the researchers asked the question... are we causing global warming? They found over 4,000 studies written by 10,000 scientists that stated a position on this, and 97 percent said that recent warming is mostly man-made.
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