Questions tagged [climate-change]

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns. In public discourse, often used as a shorthand for the effects of anthropogenic global warming.

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Are the specific claims from the “WSJ 16” climate skeptics true?

The Wall Street Journal letter by 16 "prominent scientists" has already provoked a question here ( Are the 16 scientists who claim that climate change is not something to worry about climate ...
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Are the 16 scientists who claim that climate change is not something to worry about climate scientists?

This is a pretty specific question – in the Wall Street Journal article dated January 27, 2012 entitled "No Need to Panic About Global Warming. There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic ...
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Could Global Warming be good for life?

A paper from Nature Geoscience (reported by the BBC here) claims that the carbon dioxide humanity has pumped into the atmosphere is holding off a new Ice Age. This has revived an old idea best ...
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Do McKitrick's criticisms of the IPCC accurately represent their processes?

Whatever your position on climate change the most significant results about the scientific consensus are supposed to emerge from the International Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC). It is an ...
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Are there alternative methods of meat production (such as free-range meat) that are better for the environment than factory farmed meat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Organic food is worse for the environment because it requires more land than non-organic food Most meat in developed nations is produced by Industrial agriculture methods, ...
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Is the world warmer now than during the Medieval Warm Period?

Climate change seems to polarise comment into denialists and believers. But good skeptics should be able to address specific issues with the data without falling into the anti-science denialist camp. ...
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Do the recent CLOUD results have significant implications for global warming?

According to this Science Daily summary of a recent paper published in Nature and the abstract at Nature, a recent result indicates that cosmic rays play a larger role in cloud formation than was ...
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Do wind farms have a significant impact on weather patterns in the US?

On my way in to work today there was a guest on the radio claiming that the "Heat Dome" was the result of the disturbance of natural wind patterns by the windfarms that have proliferated the ...
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Does climate change mean that weather becomes more variable in addition to being warmer?

In public media the notion that climate change is more than global warming gets repeated frequently. Are there strong predictions that show that the climate becomes more irregular? Would we expect ...
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Did “global cooling” have as much scientific consensus as “global warming” has now?

it is projected that man's potential to pollute will increase 6 to 8-fold in the next 50 years. If this increased rate of injection... should raise the present background opacity by a factor ...
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Are storms getting more or less severe in the long term for Australia?

Over the past couple of years people have been claiming that storms are getting more severe in Australia. Some linking this to global warming. Specifically Professor Ross Garnaut in the opening ...
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Are we heading for a mini ice age?

According to the following article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/ice_age/ Sunspot activity is rapidly declining, and when this has happened in the past this has led to a mini ice age. I'...
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Do increasing global temperatures cause earthquakes?

With recent earthquakes, several sources have started claiming that this is a sign of the change we are causing. This paper indicates a historical association (but does not claim causal relationship)....
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Do active volcanoes emit more CO₂ than humans?

We all know that volcanoes emit a tremendous amount of CO₂ when they erupt. I've often heard people argue that the amount of CO₂ an erupting volcano emits dwarfs the amount of CO₂ that humans emit in ...
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Does CO₂ cause Global Warming?

I know there is global warming, and I know that it is caused by human activity, but is carbon dioxide the cause of it? I read somewhere that apparently increase of CO₂ doesn't cause the increase in ...
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Did we have a “global cooling” 40 years ago?

I was reading Superfreakanomics and the book argues that we had a global cooling period 40 years ago? Is that claim accurate?
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Did the development of agriculture prevent an ice age occurring?

The television program How the Earth Made Us has argued that the development of agriculture prevented a new ice age, due to methane production from livestock, and the burning of natural vegetation for ...
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Would avoiding the eating of meat stop global warming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is being a vegan more environmentally friendly than otherwise? Would it be sufficient for people to stop eating meat to stop global warming? I've heard that the process to ...
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What are the greatest successes of long term climate prediction?

Seth Roberts claims that the field of climate modelling hasn't produced models that have effectively predicted future climate events. According to him the models are only validated on past data. Is ...
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Has global mean temperature at sea level increased since 1900?

It is generally accepted that the Earth's global mean (average) temperature has varied throughout history. Given the difficulties of accurately measuring and calculating temperatures across the ...
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Do human activities contribute to climate change?

There is lots of evidence that I have seen showing correlation between human activities and climate change but what evidence is there to support causation?

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