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Studies show a link between social attitudes, cultural beliefs and climate change scepticism. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/EPA In a Guardian comment piece last week , Vicky Pope, a senior Met Office scientist, articulated a view that is frequently expressed by scientists: that climate change is a matter of empirical evidence, not belief. But a decade of social science research on public attitudes shows that in fact, scepticism about climate change is not primarily due to a misunderstanding of "the science". It is true that most people have only a limited amount of knowledge about climate science (as they do about most specialist subjects). And without doubt, free market and fossil-fuel industry lobbyists have shamelessly acted as "merchants of doubt" , exaggerating the level of uncertainty about climate change, or downplaying its importance.
--Guest post by Amanda Frank, graduate student at American University. Contemporary debates over climate change reveal the inherent complexity of the issue, which the New York Times' Andrew Revkin refers to as a “beyond super wicked” problem. In a presentation last year to the Google Science Communication Fellows Program, Revkin elaborated on the challenges of communicating the nature and risks of climate change as well as the difficulty of generating public urgency. Revkin compares the current climate debate with the ‘good old days’ of environmentalism, when the pollution problems of the 1960s and 70s were visible and had obvious public health consequences. This was an era of bipartisanship, with the creation of the EPA and the signing of the Clean Water/Clean Air Acts occurring under Republican president Richard Nixon.
We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action.
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Five measures to enable a revolution in how we power our lives have been set out in a new report, published 9 December 2011 by renewable energy experts Regen. The report shows how government could enable communities to generate their own energy rather than being reliant on centralised utilities. The report “The Big Society and Renewables: Five Measures for Delivery” was written by leading expert Jonathan Johns from ClimateChangeMatters.
Announcement of new rural renewable energy fund 1 December 2011 More than two years of work by CSE is paying dividends, following the announcement of government plans for a new £15 million Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund. The encouraging news, revealed as made as part of the Chancellor’s autumn statement, will mean Government support for communities to meet the upfront cost of developing renewable energy projects and thus remove a major barrier to community-driven renewable energy project development. The brief statement can be found in the Autumn Statement document which is available on the Treasury's website .
7.7.1 The UK is committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and a recommended cut of up to 42% by 2020. Recent research shows that although we need to reduce emissions to stay below an increase of 2 oC, it is now acknowledged that there is a significant risk that global temperatures could rise by 4 oC ( Defra ). 7.7.2 The South West Climate Change Action Plan (2008) sets out a shared vision and programme of regionally agreed priority actions to address both adaptation and mitigation activity up to 2011. 7.7.3 Global average temperatures have risen by nearly 0.8 oC since the late 19th century, rising at about 0.2 oC/decade over the past 25 years (United Kingdom Climate Impacts Partnership). 7.7.4 Annual average daily mean temperature in the South West has increased by 1.37°C between 1961 and 2006, similar to annual trends in London, South East and East of England (Figure 1.4).
Economic recession has failed to curb rising emissions, undermining hope of keeping global warming to safe levels Photograph: Dave Reede/All Canada Photos/Corbis Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency . The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius – which scientists say is the threshold for potentially "dangerous climate change" – is likely to be just "a nice Utopia", according to Fatih Birol , chief economist of the IEA.
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Heat Waves and Climate Change A Science Update from Climate Communication – June 28, 2012 Climate Communication hosted a press conference featuring experts discussing the connections between extreme heat and climate change. Download the full audio recording of the conference » Expert Reviewers: Kevin Trenberth , National Center for Atmospheric Research Jerry Meehl , National Center for Atmospheric Research Jeff Masters , Weather Underground Richard Somerville , Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego