Kerry Temple '74 | April 3, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
It’s been a tough winter, one of the coldest and snowiest on record.
So a talk radio commentator was ranting the other day about the global warming “hoax.” He said this winter was evidence that the planet isn’t getting any hotter and that climate change talk is mere propaganda.
It’s hard to imagine a profession less likely to participate in a global conspiracy than the scientific community. Scientists are trained skeptics who value independent thinking and objectivity. They apply rigorous testing to any theory and seek quantifiable, empirical evidence to assess the facts of hypotheses, conventional wisdom and self-serving agendas.
Yet, based on well-established data-gathering, some 97 percent of the Earth’s scientists and about 200 scientific organizations world-wide agree that the planet is warming and that human activity is a significant cause. They also agree staying the course will result in dire circumstances for the human race, although how dire, how calamitous and how soon is subject for disagreement and debate.