By Herna L Viktor, University of Ottawa, Canada

Excerpt: Increasingly, the findings of climate change research have come under attack by skeptics. Such attacks usually focus on inconsistencies between the findings of different studies and then aim to convince that the changes in climate have been overrated, or are non-existent. This is especially evident in the popular media, where discrepancies are often highlighted and opinions are being biased. It is therefore not surprising that a 2007 study of Ipsos Mori in the UK indicated that 56% of adults were not convinced that climate change is real.  Furthermore, 2006 polls showed that about half of the populations of the USA (53%), France (51%) and Spain (44%) expressed little or no concern about climate change.  In addition, 2009 polls in the USA and China concluded that the general public does not believe that the earth is getting warmer because of human activity, such as burning fossil fuels. This disbelief stands in stark contrast with the scientific findings, as the science academies of all major industrialized countries have now agreed that human activities are, indeed, a major cause of concern.

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