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Only 23%? Are they including the functionally illiterate in that? 23% is lower than I would have expected.
Bungling news on pope quitting
They didn't bungle the news - they injected their own agendas into the story. A large reason for this is their reliance on Catholic Lite Nancy Pelosi's and others of her particular brand of Catholicism incomplete (or willful disregard) understanding of the teachings of the church.
skepticism toward anthropogenic global warming
Yeah, but the True Believers are hanging in there none the less.
Thomas Lifson: : ... if there is a scientific consensus at all, it would have to be skepticism toward anthropogenic global warming.
Gee willikers. From the study, "Indeed, while there is a broad consensus among climate scientists (IPCC, 2007a, 2007b), scepticism regarding anthropogenic climate change remains."
Thomas Lifson: A peer-reviewed survey of 1077 geoscientists and engineers finds that "only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis," according to James Taylor, writing at Forbes.com.
Among the criteria for a valid appeal to authority is that the person is speaking within their field of expertise. Engineers are not even scientists, much less climate scientists. Also from the study, "Conversely, adherents of those frames that are more defensive and oppose regulation (‘nature is overwhelming’, ‘economic responsibility’) are significantly more likely to be more senior in their organizations, male, older, geoscientists, and work in the oil and gas industry."
Lefsrud & Meyer, Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change, Organization Studies 2012.
So, no. The study does not undermine the claim of a consensus in climate science.
The graph origin is not at zero, so 2005 looks very anomalous. Take a look at this chart.
Notice that the seasonal minimum has decreased significantly, and is now less than half of what it was just twenty years ago. The seasonal maximum has decreased, but not as much. Therefore, it is pretty obvious that the difference between minimum and maximum has increased. And that means "Arctic Ice gain sets a new record" even though there's less ice now.