Fort Collins scientists struggle to air view on climate change – Colorado News

Fort Collins scientists struggle to air view on climate change – Colorado News

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Fort Collins residents say greenhouse gases aren’t behind global warming.
Kevin Duggan

Two Fort Collins scientists want to change how the world views the connection between human activity and global warming.

However, Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller say they’ve had a hard time getting the scientific world to hear them out, let alone take them seriously.

They’ve gone to great lengths — including the use of pseudonyms — to publish papers challenging the concept that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor and methane in the atmosphere contribute to the warming of Earth.

Their rejection of status-quo thinking on atmosphere and climate change has led to scorn from fellow scientists and longtime friends. They’ve been lumped into the category of “climate deniers.” Their wives think they’re crazy, Zeller said.

“We’re not deniers, we’re scientists,” he said.

Duggan: Words matter to climate action advocates

Zeller and Nikolov, who have doctorate degrees and years of experience in physical sciences, found that the mean surface temperature on Earth is not controlled by humans pumping greenhouse gases into the air but rather by solar radiation and atmospheric pressure.

The researchers believe their findings represent an emerging paradigm in climate science. Implications include that all the effort going toward reducing carbon in the…

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