This chart makes it painfully obvious that climate deniers are ridiculous

Jan 14, 2014 by


Scientists say climate change is happening and that we’re exacerbating it. Don’t believe me? Check out this beautifully simple pie chart that illustrates just how rare climate denial in the scientific community is:

James Powell

That’s right. Only one — ONE — of the 9,137 authors of peer-reviewed climate change articles rejected anthropogenic global warming. Geochemist James Powell did the research on publications from November 2012 and December 2013. (But if a year-long sample isn’t good enough for you, Powell previously examined 21 years of peer-reviewed literature and found that only 24 out of 13,950 articles — or two-tenths of a percent — came out and rejected human-caused climate change.)

The lone dissident, S. V. Avakyan, wrote in Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “The contribution of the greenhouse effect of carbon-containing gases to global warming turns out to be insignificant.” But Coby Beck smacks this idea down in his “How to talk to a climate skeptic” series. Plus, Avakyan clearly admits his bias on the very first page of his article:

The switch of world powers first to decreasing the use of fossil fuel … may lead to economic collapse for Russia …

That’s why you invest in solar, ding-a-ling!

We’ll let Powell have the eloquent last word:

The scientific literature since 1991 contains a mountain of evidence confirming [hu]man-made global warming as true and no convincing evidence that it is false. Global warming denial is a house of cards.

Holly Richmond ( writes and edits things for fun and money. She worked for Grist in the 1890s. Please follow her on Twitter because that is the entire basis of her self-esteem.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *