Climate Change IPCC New Report Sparks Outrage

Climate Change IPCC New Report Sparks Outrage

The IPPC’s new report on climate change has sparked outrage from both sides of the “debate.” Among those who side with 97% of scientists and accept the reality of climate change, there was outrage that not more has been done to stem the effects of global warming. The minority of fringe scientists who are global warming deniers and laypeople who have no knowledge of science were outraged that this newest report has further eroded their already shaky and unsubstantiated position.

The third branch of outrage stems from social media, with many commenters saying they are growing very weary of global warming and science deniers trying to push their agenda and force more money to be spent on studies when it is already established that global warming is real and very dangerous to the human race.

International Climate Science Coalition Bob Carter issued a statement saying “No one should trust the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued today. The IPCC has a history of malfeasance that even includes rewording recommendations of expert science advisers to fit the alarmist agenda of participating governments.”

Why do people deny climate change and other things which have been scientifically proven over and over again? There is a clear, and yes, scientific answer, and it’s called motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning is, in a nutshell, what our brains do when we want something to be true. describes it this way:

The psychological phenomenon known as motivated reasoning is an approach whereby people attempt to retain a certain belief or notion that they have even when the facts are contrary to their belief. Using motivated reasoning, people will actively seek and fervently believe something and will give credence to opinions that support that belief. On the other hand, when they come across facts that are contrary to their belief, they may ignore them. They might even find it necessary to try to debunk the contrary fact or to attempt to question the competence or credibility of the bearer of the fact that goes against their belief.

This is a perfect description for what is going on in the minds of climate change and other science deniers. 97% of scientists know climate change is real; study after study supports the fact that it is real, and yet, there are many people who, despite all of the evidence, despite the scientific consensus, and despite being able to witness it with their own eyes in real time, still deny the facts because of motivated reasoning and confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias goes hand in hand with motivated reasoning and it is a tendency to seek out only evidence which supports one’s beliefs while dismissing evidence that could prove those beliefs wrong. After identifying evidence that supports certain beliefs, more weight is given to that evidence than any evidence to the contrary.

This is why so many people are able to actively deny things like climate change, evolution and video game violence effects even though all of these areas have vast scientific consensus as to their validity. The problem is, there is always a fringe element of scientists, who are in the minority, who claim the opposite of the consensus. People practicing confirmation bias and motivated reasoning turn toward the 3% of scientists who deny climate change or the small handful of scientists who don’t believe video games cause an increase in aggression, or the tiny minority of scientists who say evolution isn’t true. Then, they extract the studies and papers performed by those scientists and weight them very heavily, while ignoring or dismissing the vast majority of studies and research performed by the scientists who form the consensus (or, in other words, the facts.)

The new IPCC’s climate change report sparks outrage among all sides of the discussion, but no matter how much confirmation bias and motivated reasoning is involved, the facts of climate change will remain the same.

By: Rebecca Savastio


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5 Responses to "Climate Change IPCC New Report Sparks Outrage"

  1. Andre Den Tandt   October 3, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Ice-melt on Greenland is back to traditional levels ( no overall reduction in ice volume ), sea-ice in Antarctica is at record-high levels, global temperatures are level over the last 15 years, increase in sea level only 7mm. over 20 years. Who are the ” deniers ” now?
    Just reading the headlines accompanying each bit of bad news for alarmists is becoming a rich source of ironic humour.

  2. Paul Searle   September 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    It would appear that the writer has failed to recognise that he himself may well be a victim of motivated reasoning. No global increase in temperatures for fifteen years, Antarctic Sea at record high, but none of this or any other evidence is likely to be accepted by those who claim the debate is already over.

    I wonder what kind of evidence would satisfy these victims of motivated reasoning? And is it not the case that absolute objectivity is impossible as we are all to some degree subjective and therefore, by very nature, motivated reasoners?

  3. harbinger   September 29, 2013 at 3:06 am

    “97% of scientists know climate change is real” Well, I think just about everyone knows that the climate changes over time, but this false argument is intended to claim that there is “no doubt” about global warming, changed to climate change when nature refused to cooperate with the paradigm. “the 3% of scientists who deny climate change”? There is no such subset of the scientific community. Why do journalists continue to perpetuate this nonsense, that has been de-bunked so many times by so many genuine scientists?

    • barney jones   October 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Because whether you’re a paid acolyte (hint:CO2 tax will be worth trillions) or a zealot for AGW those who are pushing this unscientific false agenda on the world through this sort of propaganda will stop at nothing to make the evidence fit the climate change paradigm.

      First they claimed that we will see more extreme weather this year. It didn’t happen so what did they say? “Well climate is complex”..duh. What happened when they realized that Antarctic sea ice rose by some 29% this year alone and is the highest extent in 35 years? Well natural variation was the cause but the earth is still warming. It the wind that did it. Really?

      So when things seem to be cooling it’s natural variation’s fault and when things seem to be warming it’s CO2? AGW is a religion hands down.


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