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Too hot to handle-physicsworld

Postby wolfhnd on September 15th, 2009, 9:25 pm 

Climate change scepticism rises amongst Brits

As the scientific community has moved towards a stronger consensus that man made climate change is happening, the general public must have become less sceptical about the issue - right??

Wrong.

Well, wrong in the case of the British public, according to social scientist Lorraine Whitmarsh, who carried out separate opinion surveys in 2003 and 2008.

Over this five year period, the number of respondents who believe that claims about the effects of climate change have been exaggerated has risen from 15 to 29 per cent.

What’s more, over half of respondents in the latest survey feel that the media have been too “alarmist” in their reporting of the issue.

Sceptics are more likely to be men, older people, rural dwellers and - perhaps surprisingly - higher earners.

Speaking at the British Science festival in Guildford, Whitmarsh also referred to a recent poll by Euro barometer to say that Brits are more sceptical than most other Europeans on the issue.

When asked if she could explain the rising scepticism, Whitmarsh replied that it could be something to do with the way science is taught in British schools.

“Perhaps the way we teach science should reflect the inevitable uncertainty of
the scientific process,” she said.
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Re: Too hot to handle-physicsworld

Postby DrCloud on September 15th, 2009, 9:31 pm 

Over this five year period, the number of respondents who believe that claims about the effects of climate change have been exaggerated has risen from 15 to 29 per cent.


Of course, this could also be associated with a greater level of overall awareness now than before. As more and more people have heard about the phenomenon, they've developed a (quite rational, actually) realization of the exaggeration out there. HPH
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Re: Too hot to handle-physicsworld

Postby wolfhnd on September 15th, 2009, 9:52 pm 

Well the devil is in the details. People look for simple yes and no answers but the problems are often not a simple cause and effect and the solutions should almost never be singular or simple.
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Re: Too hot to handle-physicsworld

Postby DrCloud on September 15th, 2009, 9:59 pm 

One bright spot: in the journal Oceanography this fall (it's quarterly) there's an in-depth and authoritative analysis from both scientific and policy perspectives of why oceanic iron fertilization (to try to enhance CO2 sequestration) is a bad, bad idea.

That superficially simple geoengineering solution would therefore seem to be off the table. HPH
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Re: Too hot to handle-physicsworld

Postby wolfhnd on September 15th, 2009, 10:05 pm 

Interestingly I just read an article on how an attempt to stop warming by foresting the Sahara would reduce iron transfer to the oceans and reduce their fertility.

I'm a big believer in environmental engineering. if and when it is needed, the need to take calculated risks is simply what life is all about.
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