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jhs20381
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thelogicalchristian
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The Earth has stopped warming

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Started: 4/25/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jhs20381

Con

A common argument of deniers of anthropogenic global warming is that in the last 10-15 years the temperature trend is flat, or a warming trend is not statistically significant. Is there sufficient evidence to suggest the warming has actually stopped? I intend to argue against this position.
thelogicalchristian

Pro

Actually, global warming never existed! It was just a lie set up by the media and Greenpeace!
Debate Round No. 1
jhs20381

Con

The topic of debate is statistical in nature, and I expected a substantive response to that. In any case, let's examine the claim that global warming in a lie set up by the media.

First, did the media participate in the discovery of global warming by Svante Arhenius in 1896? (Excellent paper, for those interested.)

Now, if the media were driving the global warming discourse, as opposed to climate scientists, you would expect that the general public, influenced by the media, would be convinced of climate science, probably more so than the scientific community (who would tend to know better.)

What are the facts? Surveys have shown that while the public -- particularly in the US -- is largely divided on the question of global warming, scientists largely agree it's real (85%-90%), and climate scientists are unanimously convinced it's real (97%). See recent surveys, such as Doran and Kendall Zimmerman, 2009; Anderegg, Prall, Harold, and Schneider, 2010; etc.
thelogicalchristian

Pro

thelogicalchristian forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jhs20381

Con

My opponent has forfeited the round, but let me summarize my argument anyway: Statistically, a 10- or 15-year trend can differ from the underlying long-term trend, due to statistical noise. This can be observed in the data historically. When analyzed this way, recent temperature trends don't appear to indicate there's been any change in the long-term trend.
thelogicalchristian

Pro

thelogicalchristian forfeited this round.
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