"Some scientists disagree with global warming."

Brief Responses to Climate Change Denialism Statements

CPSG 200 Science & Global Change Sophomore Colloquium

"Some scientists disagree with global warming."

It is true, some scientists disagree about global warming. However, that "some" is referring to the whopping three percent of scientists, who generally only disagree about exactly how bad global warming is going to be. The fact that global temperatures have risen and will continue to rise is not disputed by a single national or international scientific body. However, the media is constantly bombarding us with different opposing opinions ranging from "climate change is bad," to "climate change is a hoax", to "climate change is actually a good thing". Most of the time the media instead portrays the argument as having equal support from both sides even though the number of scientists that believe in climate change drastically outnumbers the number of scientists who don't. For example, a consensus conducted by climate study authors based on over 12,000 peer reviewed climate science papers found close to 97 percent of scientists agree humans are responsible for climate change. Any collection of real science published in peer reviewed literature will tell you the same thing. Climate change is happening. Some reports will not even mention climate change because it is so obvious and will instead go on the talk about the magnitude of the consequences. Others deny it because if they were to agree with climate change, their own personal and economic interests would be harmed. Unfortunately for them, climate change is a real issue, not a personal issue.

Graph from a consensus on peer-reviewed scientific papers that state a position on global warming, showing that 97.1% of those papers consider global warming an anthropogenic occurrence. Source:

For More Information:
Cook, J., D. Nuccitelli, S. A. Green, M. Richardson, B. Winkler, R. Painting, R. Waym P Jacobs, and A. Skuce. 2013. Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature. Environmental Research Letters 8: 1-7. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024

Chen, Y., S. Zhang, S. Xu. 2010. Characterizing Energy Efficiency and Deployment Efficiency Relations for Green Architecture Design. IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ICCW.2010.5503900

Contributed by: Nancy Huffman, Camille Lee, Colin McLaughlin

Last modified: 23 October 2017