Suggestions on how – and how not – to discuss climate change.

Using emotion in discussing climate change

By Monday, October 16, 2017

“In this month’s Yale Climate Connections “This Is Not Cool” video, by regular contributor and independent videographer Peter Sinclair, Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe points out that the “greatest advances” in understanding of climate change over the past decade have come not from the physical sciences, but from the social sciences.”

“A mere headline along the lines of “Myth XYZ” implants that myth, even if subsequently and thoroughly “debunked,” in the audience’s mind, says John Cook of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

‘After time, all the details fade,’ says Cook, the founder of the Skeptical Science website. ‘And all they can remember is the headline,”’reinforcing the myth.

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