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Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications and the Scientific Method

March 29, 2017
By Judith Curry

Driven by the mandate from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to address dangerous human-caused climate change the climate change problem and its solution have been vastly oversimplified.

Driven by the mandate established with the formation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to address dangerous human-caused climate change the climate change problem and its solution have been vastly oversimplified. As a result, we have not developed or pursued the research into the kinds of information to more broadly understand climate variability and societal vulnerabilities. The climate establishment has worked for more than 20 years to establish a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, in the process prematurely elevating a scientific hypothesis to a ruling theory. This shoehorning has harmed scientific progress because critical questions go unasked and key research does not get pursued.