Climate Denial, Why?

May 6, 2018

Why, when the evidence is so strong, and so many agree that this is our greatest problem, are we doing so little about climate change?

The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity.

Climate denials are around us. Just list a few here:

"Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal."

——Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Scientists have strong evidence of our raising CO2 level and global temperature.

Millions of dollars have been pumped into organizations that peddle scientific doubt to create an impression that scientists are divided about the cause of climate change. Lobbyists are paid to talk to congress influence policies.

The media created a false balance of climate consensus. From a report by IPCC, fox news: 69% of climate news is denial, and only 31% of them accept the climate change. The true climate consensus rate of climate papers is 99%. Public’s perception of climate change consensus is much lower than it actually is. Perception effects acceptance and support for policies.

False Balance

False Balance

One major reason for people having a hard time believing climate change is the Sensory adaptation. Human has problems sensing small changes. It is the same when a tobacco smoker stops noticing the smell on their clothes and hair, or when a hot bath feels cool after being in the water for several minutes.

We need to people changing the way news and media present climate issues. We also need people changing their companies, changing their business models, changing the products and services they provide.

Global warming is by far the biggest issue of our time. We need to talk about our wins in order to really move us from a state of apathy to action.

References on the video

Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change – Vox

What people get wrong about climate change – Vox

How a warmer Arctic could intensify extreme weather – Vox

Scientists really aren’t the best champions of climate science – Vox

Science in America – Neil deGrasse Tyson

IPCC Report 2013

September 2018 Log

ASCJ 200: Media Conglomerate