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01/13/2014

Paper that analyzed other papers on global warming 11th most read

A paper that analyzed the evolution of scientific consensus on global warming was the 11th most read academic paper in 2013.  

Published in the Environmental Research Letters journal in May, the paper analyzed almost 12,000 abstracts of papers and found that though just over 4,000 papers took a position on the cause of global warming, 97.1 per cent of those endorsed human-caused global warming.

Each paper was rated by at least two people.

The authors this paper also asked scientists to rate their own papers. They received responses from about 1,200 scientists who rated over 2,100 papers. Over 1,400 papers were rated as taking a position and 97.2 per cent endorsed human-caused global warming.

The abstract of this paper, the 11th most read in the world, wrapped up with this paragraph: “Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”

The paper that topped this list was on contamination of freshwater fish around Fukushima in Japan.

Raveena Aulakh is the Toronto Star’s environment reporter. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh

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