Friday, September 27, 2013

The lure of what we'd prefer to believe

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has delivered a report this week that concludes Humans are the dominant cause of climate warming, and yes, climate warming is really happening. Of course this will trigger a tsunami of deniers and armchair environmentalists who, armed with nothing more than vested interest or wilful ignorance will make all kinds of pronouncements with the aim of casting doubt, uncertainty and fear into the minds of the public. Why do this you may well ask, there probably isn't one reason, vested interest in "big oil", greed, politics, human behaviour, scepticism you name it and it probably plays a part, what is clear is that the science needs to be communicated well and unambiguously or we will be at the mercy of those like the Murdoch's, Lawson's and Monckton's (among many others) who so clearly have agendas not aligned to finding out the truth.

1 comment:

Vexen Crabtree said...

I read the IPCC's reports quite thoroughly; the evidence has built up year upon year that climate change is real, and that it is mostly anthropogenic (human-caused). Measurable effects of human-caused climate change exist on every continent, in the air, and in the oceans.

I'm just leaving this comment because a post on this topic deserved a sensible reply.