Climate Consensus on a T-shirt
Posted on 10 June 2011 by John Cook
A new survey by George Mason University shows only 15% of Americans correctly understand that the great majority of climate scientists think that global warming is caused mostly by human activities. This is not a happy statistic. Back when I posted an infographic on the scientific consensus on climate change, Skeptical Science reader veryred suggested putting the infographic on a T-shirt. I was immediately taken with the idea of climate geeks walking the streets with the 97% scientific consensus on their chest. Okay, not quite a fashion statement that will attract the opposite sex, it might even get you beaten up in the schoolyard, but certainly a creative way to get the climate message out there. So I've set up a Skeptical Science CafePress store and the scientific consensus on climate change is now available as a T-shirt:
Of course, the beauty of CafePress is they make it very easy to put your graphic on a range of other products. I'm keeping it simple for now - just a few different types of shirts and coffee mugs. If there's some particular CafePress piece of merchandise you'd like to see added, just post a comment here - it takes a few clicks for me to add another product.
The observant SkS reader will notice this design is a little different to our original infographic. There was some debate among SkS authors about whether this new design or the original was better. So I'm also offering the original design to see which is the more popular (and to determine which SkS authors are right or wrong about which is the better design :-)
Note: the 97% figure comes from two different surveys - Doran et al 2009 and Anderegg et al 2010. Both use different methodologies and sample sizes (Anderegg has a much larger sample of climate scientists) but arrive at the same answer. I use the term 'climate experts' by which I mean climate scientists actively publishing climate research in the peer-reviewed literature. More on the scientific consensus...