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Talking Policy With Climate Change Deniers

By Mark Maslin,University College London There are many complex reasons why people decide not to accept the science of climate change. The doubters range from the conspiracy theorist to the skeptical scientist, or from the paid lobbyist to the raving lunatic. Climate scientists, myself included, and other academics have striven to understand this reluctance. We wonder why so many people are unable to accept a seemingly straight-forward pollution problem. And we struggle to see why climate change debates have inspired such vitriol. These questions are important. In a world increasingly dominated by science and technology, it is essential to understand why people accept certain types of science but not others. In short, it seems when it comes to climate change, it is not about the science but all about the politics. Contunue via Science 2.0.

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