In ‘Don’t Look Up,’ scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence watch with horror as people willfully ignore warnings of an impending disaster.
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Just because something isn’t 100% certain doesn’t mean you ignore it, and other lessons from two researchers who study the problem of science denial.
The consensus-based nature of the UN climate change summits means any single country with a significant fossil fuel interest can either weaken or sink an otherwise stronger multilateral agreement.
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The recent climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that climate change deniers have shifted their tactics to thwart the efforts of countries to phase out fossil fuel use.
One of the most famous stats in the climate debate is the 97% of scientists who endorse the consensus on human-induced global heating. Ahead of the Glasgow summit, that figure has climbed even higher.
If we’re to avert a climate disaster, we must not underestimate the power of climate misinformation campaigns to undermine this week’s IPCC findings.
Science is never settled. But contrary to the claims of a new book, there is enough confidence in the science to justify significant climate action.
One cold winter doesn’t negate more than a century of global warming. We need the political leadership to set the world on a safer path. Ill-informed tweets by government senators won’t help.
Vested interests have lobbied against climate policy worldwide, but that’s only one reason for the slow political response. While most people want climate action, they rank other issues as more urgent.
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Retreat, re-liberalisation, or business as usual.
Reverend John MacArthur.
John MacArthur’s long-held view that climate change is fiction is just part of a wider Christian movement coalescing around this important election issue.
A churchgoer’s thoughts on climate change may not have much to do with Christian teaching.
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Few white evangelicals in the U.S. say they believe in human-made climate change. This strand of science denial seems to have as much to do with conservative politics as the Bible’s teachings.
New research exposes the common tropes of bad faith arguments about climate change.
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Major new survey shows big national variations in levels of concern, polarisation and media usage.
Don’t shout or lecture – just talk.
It’s common to encounter people who are misinformed, but don’t know it yet. What’s the best way to talk to someone else about what they think is true?
A crop circle in Switzerland.
The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.
Don’t let the green naysayers drown you out.
How to identify and understand different types of denial: scientific, economic, humanitarian, political and crisis.
Commuters idle in rush-hour traffic outside Philadelphia.
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As the effects of climate change become clearer and more ominous, fossil fuel companies face a choice: Defy warnings of catastrophic climate change, or envision their roles in a post-carbon world.
While Australian fiction of the 19th century portrayed bushfires as isolated events. This week, more than 50 fires burned in NSW.
Tales of heroic rescues and bush Christmases in Australian fiction of the 19th century describe a time when the fire season was confined to summer.
Greta Thunberg’s fiery oration has prompted outrage, but even if you agree with her you might still be ignoring her message.
It’s easy to spot outright rejection of the facts on climate change. But it’s far harder to see our own biases and excuses that lead us to delay or deny the need for real action.
Even people who accept the science of climate change sometimes resist it because it clashes with their personal projects.
People are more likely to deny climate change if they’re inclined toward hierarchy, have lower levels of education or are more religious. But the strongest predictor of denial is a person’s politics.
A view of the General Assembly hall at the start of the 2019 Climate Action Summit.
Africa has already felt the effects of Donald Trump’s climate change denialism. Recent events are also raising political issues of keen interest among the continent’s democrats.