Defending a skeptic PhD

The idea that there is an almost unanimity of support of AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) in the scientific community, was one of the early responses to skepticism in this field. About a year ago, Anderegg et al., even published a paper with such claims as “97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change“. Several lists do exist 1, 2, 3, of many highly regarded scientists who are, for some or more reasons, skeptic of several of the AGW arguments. Most of the lists are poorly compiled though, and can impact the people involved.

Most of the skeptics that do appear in these lists are usually established scientists, who are renown for their work. But if you’re struggling for a career, depend on grants, or are yet studying, being a skeptic is not the easy way to move forward…

But this is what Daniela de Souza Onça has done. She has defended her PhD thesis earlier this year, at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. The abstract for the thesis reads: