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How to talk to a climate change skeptic April 1, 2010

Posted by Dr. O in Climate Change, Environment/Conservation, Policy, Science & Culture, Science Education.
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A lot of students have asked me how to effectively and intelligently communicate with a climate change/human-induced global warming skeptic.

I realize that I have been at this science career thing longer than most of you students so in a way, yes, it is easier for me to “argue” on a different level over a variety of scientific results.  As a scientist, it’s our job to think critically, analyze effectively, and yes…be skeptical.  But we must also be balanced AND properly interpret the data. Hopefully ALL those papers I make you write and ALL that literature I make you read is helping YOU to also think critically and interpret science effectively.

But everyone can use a cheat sheet now and then…

Our local Hoosier Environmental Council put out a neat link to an article which has a “point and click” menu of points on which one can educate themselves on the main arguments climate change skeptics use…and why their arguments don’t stand up scientifically.

Check it out.

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1. isotopeeffect - April 2, 2010

Excellent link. I have added it to the IGSS Wiki.


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