EE 16-3-Peiser2_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:53 am Page 685 Benny Peiser Faculty of Science; Henry Cotton Campus; Liverpool John Moores University, 15-21 Webster Street; Liverpool L3 2ET UNITED KINGDOM CHRONOLOGY On 3 December 2004, Science published an article entitled “The scientific consensus on climate change” by Naomi Oreskes (Vol 306, Issue 5702, 1686). Oreskes claims to have analysed 928 abstracts she found listed on the ISI database using the keywords “global climate change”. The article suggested that for the first time, empirical evidence was presented that appeared to show a unanimous, scientific consensus on the anthropogenic causes of recent global warming. Between 3 December 2004 and 4 January 2005 I conducted a similar analysis. The results of my findings contradicted Oreskes and essentially falsified her study. On 4 January 2005, I submitted these results in a letter to Science. On 18 February, editors from Science contacted me to suggest that they would consider publishing a shorter version of the letter. This shorter version was submitted on 23 February. On 13 April, Science responded, saying “After realizing that the basic points of your letter have already been widely dispersed over the internet, we have reluctantly decided that we cannot publish your letter.”
Energy & Environment – SAGE
Published: Jul 1, 2005
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