We have to give credit to Bloomberg Businessweek for coming up with such a provocative headline in the post-Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Pulling no punches, today’s article titled, “It’s Global Warming, Stupid,” took on the storm that ravaged the Mid-Atlantic earlier this week and challenged readers to use critical thinking when it comes to considering the effect climate change has on our weather.
At worst, climate change denial seems to simply be motivated by personal tastes or “gut feelings” as one Businessweek commenter put it. In the following clip from the California Academy of Sciences, journalist Mark Hertsgaard explains why some Americans continue to deny climate change– which is mainly perpetuated by a small group with very large “megaphones.”
In the scientific community, climate change skepticism is driven by several factors. In the case of University of California, Berkeley, physicist Richard A. Muller, whose outspoken comments on climate change have rankled both his peers and environmental activists, it was flaws in the models used to predict climate change that contributed to his challenge of the science.
However, after conducting his own analyses, even Dr. Muller changed his tone. In this next video from Climate One, Dr. Muller joins Commonwealth Club of California CEO Gregory Dalton to discuss his conclusions on climate change.