Free app to counter skeptics’ arguments on climate change

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A free application for smartphones allows users who believe climate change is the result of human activity to counter arguments to the contrary by providing them with a range of scientific materials.

Skepticism over climate change or the causes of climate change has become an increasingly fraught issue as many countries in the world adopt alternative energy measures and encourage consumers to reduce their carbon footprint. The most recent data from survey database Gallup World view revealed that the percentage of Australians who attribute climate change to human activity fell from 52 percent in 2008 to 44 percent in 2010. The latest available data indicates that 48 percent of British people, 49 percent of Americans, 58 percent of Chinese, 63 percent of French and 88 percent of Japanese attribute climate change to human activity.

For those that believe climate change is caused by human activity, a free downloadable app for iPhones, Android phones and Nokia phones has been developed which allows users to counter the argument of climate change skeptics, by using a range of scientific resources.

The Skeptical Science app, developed by physicist John Cook of skepticalscience.com allows users to browse arguments commonly used by climate change skeptics, such as ‘it's not caused by us,' or ‘it doesn't matter;' once the category has been selected the app links the user to a series of papers, scientific arguments, data and graphs which can be used to to refute the argument. The app also allows users to report new counter climate change arguments and re-tweet their findings.

The application is an entry in the 2010 ‘Calling all innovators' competition; applicants were encouraged to submit ideas for applications which were then judged on inventiveness, cumulative downloads and quality of marketing material. Other applications include ‘Pick up lines' - allowing users to select lines most likely to impress the opposite sex. The most downloaded app by August 31 will be pronounced the winner.

The full list of applications in the ‘Calling all innovators' competition is available at : http://www.callingallinnovators.com/bestrssapps/

 

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