Authors John Cook and Haydn Washington analyse the approaches of those who deny climate science. Despite multiple lines of evidence pointing to the same conclusion, deniers continue to deny. Cherry picking is one tactic. Another is the use of fake experts or scientists who are not climate scientists. The authors explore why, as the science firms, the public view, at least in Australia, is going the other way.
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Climate change is on and off the political agenda in Australia. Whether an emissions trading system or a carbon tax win the day, one big barrier stands in the way of change: human nature. How we think about the problem can trump what we actually do — right down to shorter showers and turning off the lights. Leading environmental psychologists are now taking on the climate change challenge.
We talk a lot these days about the politics of climate change, but what does it mean? Political change takes place in such a vastly different time frame to that of climate change — 20 years is a long time in politics but a very short time for climatic shifts to occur — so we’re really talking about the way the concept of climate change has become a new, highly-charged element in the unpredictable mix of politics. This presents an enormous challenge to policy makers.