Friday, 5 February 2016

Scientists hide uncertainties about (Man Made) Climate Change

Such deceit has no place in science.
Michael Bastasch, writing for the Daily Caller:
A recent study looking into how scientists explain global warming uncertainty to the public has some interesting findings: Many scientists don’t actually talk about uncertainty when speaking to journalists.

The study by German researcher Senja Post of University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany surveyed 300 Scientists.

The study was published in the journal
Public Understanding of Science
January 2016 vol. 25 no. 1 61-70 (LINK)

Communicating science in public controversies: Strategic considerations of the German climate scientists

Abstract (Note area with bold added)

In public controversies on scientific issues, scientists likely consider the effects of their findings on journalists and on the public debate. A representative survey of 123 German climate scientists (42%) finds that although most climate scientists think that uncertainties about climate change should be made clearer in public they do not actively communicate this to journalists. Moreover, the climate scientists fear that their results could be misinterpreted in public or exploited by interest groups. Asking scientists about their readiness to publish one of two versions of a fictitious research finding shows that their concerns weigh heavier when a result implies that climate change will proceed slowly than when it implies that climate change will proceed fast.
 
As Bastasch also points out:
Post also found that “climate scientists object to publishing a result in the media significantly more when it indicates that climate change proceeds more slowly rather