The scientific consensus on climate change, to the tune of 97 per cent of experts, is that humans are changing Earth’s climate for the worse. But some people continue to insist that some of these scientists are wrong, incurring anger among those trying to teach people about the dangers of climate change.
And one professor from Texas has had enough – he’s decided to offer £17,500 ($30,000) to anyone that can prove to him that climate change is not man-made.
Dr Christopher Keating, who previously taught at the University of South Dakota, says the climate change deniers of today are engaged in a campaign that is similar to the one waged by tobacco advocates to deny a link between smoking and lung cancer.
Previously he had been offering £5,850 ($10,000) to the first person to prove climate changing wasn’t man-made but he has since upped the reward to £17,500 ($30,000).
All someone needs to do is show him evidence that unequivocally proves he is wrong on his blog. The challenge is open to anyone over 18 and there is no entry fee.
‘I will judge all entries and show why they fail or succeed in the challenge,’ Dr Keating, also the author of Undeniable: Dialogues on Global Warming, said. ‘Entries don’t even have to be original. They just have to be first.’
He has been involved, at some level, with climate change for 30 years, having been a professor of physics for over 20 years and teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.