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Highlighted Article: Circular Reasoning In Climate Change Research

Posted On:
Mar 1, 2018  at  at 6:05 AM
Category
Climate Change

By: Jamal Munshi

 

 Circular Reasoning In Climate Change Research

 

ABSTRACT: A literature review shows that the circular reasoning fallacy is common in climate change research. It is facilitated by confirmation bias and by activism such that the prior conviction of researchers is subsumed into the methodology. Example research papers on the impact of fossil fuel emissions on tropical cyclones, on sea level rise, and on the carbon cycle demonstrate that the conclusions drawn by researchers about their anthropogenic cause derive from circular reasoning. The validity of the anthropogenic nature of global warming and climate change and that of the effectiveness of proposed measures for climate action may therefore be questioned solely on this basis.

Circular Reasoning In Climate Change Research