Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

February 29, 2012 11:54 ET

Media Advisory: Climate Change Denial in Carleton University Course Exposed by National Science Team

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2012) - A science watchdog has released a report slamming a course taught at a leading Canadian university over what they call "biased and inaccurate" claims concerning climate change.

The course "Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective", taught by Tom Harris for two years, is the subject of a 98-page report written by the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS).

The report constitutes a blow-by-blow response citing extensively from the scientific literature to rebut 142 erroneous and fully-quoted claims.

On auditing the course, CASS discovered that key messages for students contradict accepted scientific opinion. These messages include:

denying that current climate change has an anthropogenic cause; dismissing the problems that carbon dioxide emissions cause because CO2 is plant food; denying the existence of the scientific consensus on the causes of climate change; and claiming that we should prepare instead for global cooling.

A copy of the report can be downloaded at www.scientificskepticism.ca.

The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism critically engages with scientific, technological and medical claims made in public discourse. With a panel of expert advisers and volunteers, CASS addresses factual inaccuracies and misinformation in public debates by promoting evidence-based science. CASS is a working group of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, the leading free-thought organization in Canada promoting reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry.

Contact Information

  • Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism
    Dr. Christopher Hassall
    (613) 869-3880
    cass@cficanada.ca