A classic strategy for climate change deniers is to tell Americans that scientists don’t all agree on the science. Apparently, the strategy seems to have worked because only a minority of Americans believe that global warming is caused by humans, according to a 2012 Pew study.
The “consensus gap” has been a strong talking point that’s been used to grow resistance to climate action, says John Cook, a climate communications researcher from the University of Queensland in Australia. He has led the most extensive survey of peer-reviewed literature in almost a decade. In his research, he’s found that scientists are near unanimous.
According to a report in Mother Jones, “a group of 24 researchers signed up to the challenge via Cook’s website, Skeptical Science (the go-to website for debunking climate denial myths), and collected and analyzed almost 12,000 scientific papers from the past 20 years. Of the roughly 4,000 of those abstracts that expressed some view on the evidence for global warming, more than 97 percent endorsed the consensus that climate change is happening and it’s being caused by humans.”
Watch John Cook in the video below.