Scientists as the New Climate Skeptics?

Climate scientists have fallen upon hard times of late, writes New Scientist correspondent Jim Giles. In the wake of leaked emails from the University of East Anglia in Norwich in the United Kingdom, and an admission by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that it had published an exaggerated claim about the melting of Himalayan glaciers, questions about the validity of climate science are coming out with renewed vigor.
Ironically, climate scientists’ successes in convincing most of the public of the reality of global warming has helped intensify the backlash, Giles writes:

Politicians, businesses and religious leaders now broadly agree about the dangers of climate change. This consensus can be made to appear conspiratorial, and that makes an easy target for opponents of climate science. Racist political groups have done the same with immigration: here’s what the powers that be don’t want you to hear, they say. It is a powerful message, especially when the powers that be are telling us that lifestyle changes are needed to tackle climate change.

Climate scientists must reclaim the mantle of skepticism in order to be successful, writes Giles. They need to show that although the fundamental question of global warming is settled, “the field itself is alive with debate and revision, as all science should be.”

Category: Environment


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