Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the literature: a re-analysis

Tol, Richard S J (2014) Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the literature: a re-analysis. Energy Policy, 73. pp. 701-705. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

A claim has been that 97% of the scientific literature endorses anthropogenic climate change (Cook et al., 2013. Environ. Res. Lett. 8, 024024). This claim, frequently repeated in debates about climate policy, does not stand. A trend in composition is mistaken for a trend in endorsement. Reported results are inconsistent and biased. The sample is not representative and contains many irrelevant papers. Overall, data quality is low. Cook׳s validation test shows that the data are invalid. Data disclosure is incomplete so that key results cannot be reproduced or tested.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Richard Tol
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 09:41
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 09:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49676
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