The Consensus about Worldwide Cooling
The consensus about worldwide cooling never endured among scientists; this was a deception created by the media. The scientific paper created between 1965 and 1979 proves that there was no before-mentioned global cooling. The best scientists in the field composed this paper, which was peer-reviewed. Furthermore, a survey from 1977, after the harsh wintertime of 1976/77 of Eastern America, affirms that experts of the time were forecasting small worldwide warming, preferably than cooling. A study conducted out by the writers of a scientific paper distinguished 44 articles from 1965 to 1979 mentioning global warming while only seven reports were about global cooling, and this indicates that majority of the scientists were biased towards global warming. Most of the reviews in the 1970s addressed the issue of global warming, and if at all there was a consensus, it should be about global warming and not cooling.
Q.2 Whether the Media Should Frame the Discussion
The role of the media in any discussion cannot be overlooked. The media should frame the debate on the global change to influence policymakers, and it should be done with a lot of caution. Seemingly, it was the media that misled the masses about the 1970s global cooling consensus. The media gave all the misleading information on global cooling, and none of it came from scientific websites; these shows how deceptive the media can sometimes be. The press should also frame discussion but after extensive consultations with experts in the field to ensure no misleading information is given out.
Q.3 The Author's Argument
The authors contend that the measure of relevance of a research paper to developing scientific consensus is the number of citations. I disagree with them, but partly. Although the number of citations is significant, what matters most is the quality of the quote. Therefore, the correct measure of relevance of paper in developing scientific consensus should be both the quality and quantity of citations.