Climate change describes the drastic and unstoppable global warming caused by humans. Since the beginning of industrialization in the 18th century, the temperature on earth has been rising continuously. The consequences of this process are devastating and have been measurable for many years. In the meantime, it has been scientifically proven that humans make a significant contribution to the greenhouse effect and climate change, mainly caused by the emission of carbon dioxide. However, a minority of experts and politicians refuse to recognize this and even call for the abandonment of climate protection. The controversy surrounding global warming is a political debate that takes place almost exclusively in public.
How do climate skeptics, climate critics and climate deniers define themselves?
The term climate skepticism or climate change skepticism describes the negative and doubtful attitude towards man-made global warming. Accordingly, it is denied that climate change is man-made or that climate change and global warming exist at all. In addition, the consequences of climate change are played down.
A distinction can be made between climate skeptics or critics and climate deniers.
1. Climate Skeptics
Climate skeptics rate the effects of climate change as less severe and doubt a connection between temperature rise and CO2 levels in the atmosphere. As a rule, skepticism is indispensable for science, because this is the only way progress can happen. That is why “real” skeptics are also open to rational arguments. However, it is often remarked that many climate skeptics have already formed a firm opinion and are impervious to arguments.
2. Climate deniers
In contrast to climate skeptics, climate deniers are inaccessible to all arguments and scientifically proven facts and truths. Climate deniers acknowledge climate change in the form of an increase in temperature, but not in the form of global warming, but consider this to be natural and not caused by humans. Very well organized campaigns, with a high financial outlay, play an important role in spreading skepticism and rejection further.
The arguments of the climate skeptics
The attitude of climate skeptics stems primarily from the argument that climate researchers are inaccurate and uncertain. Over the past few decades, many climate scientists have published a number of prophecies that have been proven to be false.
Another thesis is that human CO2 emissions are far too small to play a role in climate and that climate change does not have to be negative per se. It is argued that a moderately warmer climate has significant benefits for wildlife, as well as for us humans.
In return, some climate skeptics even speak of a global “cooling”, since the temperatures in the seas are falling and the Arctic ice also seems to be recovering.
Most of the theses put forward by climate skeptics can now be unequivocally refuted and refuted.
Argument patterns of climate skepticism
In order to convince the public and the media of their theses, climate deniers and skeptics resort to a number of different methods. One of the most popular means is the propaganda of conspiracy theories that accuse climate researchers of corruption and a joint conspiracy, among other things. Furthermore, supposedly highly qualified experts are presented to the public, who often spread their own dubious studies and opinions. Falsified information can also be communicated through a strongly selected data selection to support one's own arguments.
If all data and variables are taken into account, these arguments would of course collapse.