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The dwindling brigade of climate change sceptics, up against an overwhelming scientific consensus, are now turning to economics. How long can they hold out?

By Philip Ball   March 2007

Where now for climate sceptics?

The latest report by the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) comes as near to blaming global warming on human activities as any scientists are likely to, while adding that its consequences may be worse than we had feared. The IPCC has previously been so (properly) tentative that climate change sceptics will now have a hard time casting them as scaremongerers. So where does this leave the sceptics?

Many politicians and scientists are hoping they will now shut up. But that’s to make the mistake of thinking this is an argument over scientific evidence.

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