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 Skeptical Science: Getting Skeptical about Global Warming Skepticism

Skeptical Science is a website maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. The website addresses the validity of arguments that climate change is not occurring or not attributable in any respect to human activity. Cook studied physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. After graduating, he majored in solar physics in his post-grad honors year. He is not a climate scientist. The website assesses questionable contentions about climate change and global warming by considering what the peer reviewed scientific literature has to say with respect to contentions.

Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project

Launched by prominent scientists skeptical of the consensus view that global temperature is increasing rapidly, the project has through its independent analysis concluded in scientific papers submitted for peer review and publication that the consensus view reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is essentially correct and that human activity is a factor in the warming trend. In contrast to much of the research relied on by the IPCC, the Berkeley project has published its data on the Internet for reanalysis by others. The data set includes data from 39,390 unique weather stations, more than 5 times as many as are included in the Global Historical Climatology Network Monthly data set, the focus of many prior climate studies.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate was established by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. It reviews and assesses the scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant for understanding climate change. The main activity of the IPCC is to provide at regular intervals Assessment Reports of the state of knowledge on climate change. The IPCC also issues Special Reports. The reports furnished by the IPCC in 2014 are the fifth iteration of their endeavor.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group, has an introduction to the science of global warming on its Website. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/science/