Some Methodological Issues in Climate Science

13 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2016

Date Written: November 21, 2016


Although the science of the greenhouse effect of atmospheric CO2 is well established, all efforts to relate this phenomenon to fossil fuel emissions has failed because of deficiencies in the methodology used in the presentation of empirical evidence. Circular reasoning is used in the IPCC carbon budget to relate atmospheric CO2 to fossil fuel emissions as a way of dealing with insurmountable measurement problems. No evidence exists to relate changes in atmospheric CO2 or the rate of warming to fossil fuel emissions because correlations presented for these relationships are spurious. The UNFCCC holds annual COP meetings and calls for reductions in fossil fuel emissions to attenuate global warming without evidence that warming is related to emissions.

Keywords: Global Warming, Climate Change, AGW, Carbon Budget, Carbon Cycle, Methodological Issues, Circular Reasoning, Bias in Research Methodology, IPCC, Fossil Fue Emissions, Cumulative Emissions, Atmospheric CO2, Climate Sensitivity, Spurious Correlations, Detrended Correlation

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Munshi, Jamal, Some Methodological Issues in Climate Science (November 21, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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