Friday, 11 September 2009

UK scepticism about climate change growing

The British public has become more sceptical about climate change over the last five years, according to a recent survey ... twice as many people now agree that "claims that human activities are changing the climate are exaggerated"... four in 10 believe that many leading experts still question the evidence ... one in five are "hard-line sceptics".

The survey, by Cardiff University, shows there is still some way to go before the public's perception matches that of their elected leaders. Although the findings are similar to those of other UK surveys, this is the first to show that people may be becoming "tired" of claims surrounding climate change.

Half of the people surveyed believed the media was too alarmist ... and a third said there was too much conflicting evidence to know what is actually happening. Other surveys have shown that people in the UK are more sceptical than those in Europe, but less than those in the US.

However this article fails to mention any science, particularly about the critical role played by water vapor/clouds and the reasons behind people's scepticism (e.g. water vapor/cloud making up over 90% of the 'greenhouse effect' - whilst man-made carbon dioxide accounts for only 0.12%) but my previous post covers some of this, as well as a few of the conspiracy theories too ...

We all want to understand what's happening and to tackle the problems we face, but alarmist reporting and fear may well make the problem worse (e.g. pushing car companies into making hydrogen cars - which generate water vapor)!