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Get involved in the climate debate. OPINION: Another year--and another year to come--of battles over climate change science We know the rhetoric: “97%+ of scientists agree; consensus rules!”  “No, they just want tax money for grants.” “You're funded by big oil and right wingnuts.” “You're an idiot.” Nyah nyah nyah blllppppph.                   Children, children, settle down now.

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Published on Saturday, 3rd January, 2015 at 11:45 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

OPINION: Another year--and another year to come--of battles over climate change science

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We know the rhetoric: “97%+ of scientists agree; consensus rules!”  “No, they just want tax money for grants.” “You're funded by big oil and right wingnuts.” “You're an idiot.” Nyah nyah nyah blllppppph.                  

Children, children, settle down now.

One of the lessons lost in contemporary playground tactics is that attacks on science and scientists are not new. Some climate change researchers seem to think that they are the first researchers ever to experience such coordinated vitriol.

Galileo's observations and analyses led him to support the radical idea that the solar system's centre is the Sun. He was banned from teaching, humiliated, convicted of heresy, and condemned to house arrest.

Fast forward to the nineteenth century. Darwin was ridiculed for his preposterous suggestions. Teaching evolution was challenged in the 1925 Scopes Trial in Tennessee which was more about showmanship than law, science, or religion.

Post-WWII, tobacco companies became renowned for obfuscating science about smoking's health effects. Then, when researchers first proposed that certain chemicals might harm the stratospheric ozone layer, they were vilified by the companies manufacturing the accused products.

What is the solution? That is up to you, the public. What role do you wish to see for science in policy and action? Who should control the scientific agenda? How independent or directed should that agenda be?

How much do you value peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals? How much do you accept scientists as advocates compared to scientists locked in ivory towers?

The discussions go beyond climate change, embracing the long history of different views on science and scientists in society. Fundamentally, the question is: I am scientist, so what do you seek from me?

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London. He will be speaking on climate change communication at the 2015 Jokkmokk Winter Conference.



Published on Saturday, 3rd January, 2015 at 11:45 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: co2, climatechange, globalwarming, greenhousegases, environment, paywall.





  
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