Faces in a 'Guess Who' style game

Who’s who in climate scepticism

Understanding the main factions in the debate

Deniers

  • Believe that climate change is not happening.

Sceptics

  • Believe that climate change is happening, but that it is part of a natural cycle and that humans may not be to blame.
  • Believe that climate change is happening, but that we’ll muddle through.
  • Believe that climate change is happening, but that climate models cannot predict the future.

Although some academics fall into these categories, very few are currently active researchers in a discipline relevant to climate change.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Health and Climate Change’ in January 2009 and reviewed and updated in September 2014.

Topics:
Ecology and environment, Careers
Issue:
Health and Climate Change
Education levels:
14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development