Summarised from www.forbes.com; an article by James Taylor.
It appears that many scientists think that global warming is not caused by man, and that sceptics are now probably in the majority.
A peer-reviewed survey in the journal 'Organization Studies' reported the following from questioning 1,077 geoscientists and engineers:
36% believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis. The scientists in this group think that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and that humans are the main cause.
However, the authors of the survey report found that the majority of respondents were sceptical of alarmist global warming claims. The sceptics fall into four main groups:
24% believe that changes to the climate are natural, normal cycles of the Earth. They strongly disagree that climate change poses any significant public risk and see no impact on their personal lives.
17% think that climate change is caused by both humans and nature. They consider climate change to be a smaller public risk with little impact on their personal life. They are skeptical that the scientific debate is settled regarding the IPCC modeling. These scientists are likely to ask “How can anyone take action if research is biased?”
10% percent of respondents think that climate change is natural or caused by man's activities, but they stress that the ‘real’ cause of climate change is unknown because nature is forever changing and uncontrollable. They say that climate change poses no significant public risk and see no impact on their personal life. They are also less likely to believe that the scientific debate is settled and that the IPCC modeling is accurate. They point to the harm that carbon dioxide emissons regulation will do to the economy.
5% of the respondents diagnose climate change as being both man-made and caused by nature, posing a moderate public risk, with only slight impact on their personal life. They do not believe that the scientific debate is settled and are the most indecisive in saying whether IPCC modeling is accurate.
Taken together, these four skeptical groups (24 + 17 + 10 + 5 = 56%) greatly outnumber the 36% who believe global warming is caused by man and is a serious concern.
One interesting aspect of the new survey is the alarmist attitude of the survey takers. They use terms such as “denier” to describe scientists who are sceptical of their asserted global warming crisis, and they refer to sceptical scientists as “speaking against climate science” rather than speaking against their alarmist projections.
Another interesting aspect of the survey is that it reports on the beliefs of scientists rather than their official bodies who often publish alarmist statements without polling their members.
There are now meteorologists, geoscientists and engineers all saying that they do not believe the asserted global warming crisis. Nevertheless the officials of their professional associations tell us the opposite of what their scientist members actually believe. (e.g. the American Physical Society and the IPCC, where members have resigned because their views have been ignored or misrepresented - Ed)
Professional scientists and engineers who look behind the global warming propaganda statements have always known that there is no consensus on man-made global warming; it is a political fabrication.
It it becoming clear that the sceptics themselves probably constitute the only consensus.