In the survey, respondents were asked how confident they were in a range of scientific statements. The ones in which they had fullest confidence were:
Smoking causes cancer - 82 per cent extremely/very confident
Mental illness is a medical condition that affects the brain - 71 per cent
Inside our cells there is a complex genetic code that helps determine who we are - 69 per cent
Overusing antiobiotics causes the development of drug resistant bacteria - 65 per cent
The universe is so complex there must be a supreme being guiding its creation - 54 per cent
Childhood vaccines are safe and effective - 53 per cent
The average temperature of the world is rising, mostly because of man-made heat-trapping greenhouse gases - 33 per cent
'While the number of people in the middle (Gallup calls them the “mixed middle”) has fallen by one-quarter. This means that all of the people who have shifted out of the “mixed middle” have gone over to skepticism, and none to the Al Gore camp...Finally, Gallup’s general environmental survey, conducted in March each year, finds once again that Americans rank global warming dead last on their list of environmental concerns. Moreover, public concern about the environment is at a 15-year low'
The IPCC provides no proof whatsoever that it is composed of the world’s top scientists. In fact, it declines to make public the CVs of its personnel.
Certain IPCC lead authors and chapter leaders have historically been graduate students a decade or more away from earning their PhD (see here and here)
Other IPCC lead authors are poorly qualified individuals from obscure nations, who were selected to give the report an international flavour.
60% of the people who helped produce this latest report have never worked with the IPCC before (see the bottom of p. 3 of this PDF). Was there really a 60% turnover rate in the world’s top scientists since the last IPCC report appeared in 2007?
IPCC personnel have so little power, they aren’t able to alter their chapter title by a single word. In reality, these people are mere cogs in a large, bureaucratic, UN machine.
Many IPCC personnel are not “scientists” in the way that term is normally understood. They are, instead, economists, geographers, policy wonks, UN employees, and activists.