Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thoughts on Global Heating

Even though cap-and-trade climate change legislation is dead, dead, dead, this short video by Annie Leonard (who did The Story of Stuff) is a wonderfully presented critique of the policy.  Check it out if you haven't already:



On a related note, since climate change is back in the news thanks to real and perceived mistakes by East Anglia University and the IPCC, a persistent error is popping up in media coverage: referring to climate change deniers as "skeptics."  These "skeptics" don't want to look at the data objectively; they already have their minds made up.

Mistaking denialism for skepticism allows anti-environmentalists to free-ride off the positive association people draw from the word skepticism.  Labels affect how people perceive and frame issues, and current environmental reform advocates are unnecessarily ceding an advantage.  

Upwards of 90% of climate change research funding is devoted towards technology and the natural sciences.  Though this research is obviously critical, a greater emphasis on the social and political aspects of climate change could prove to effective in the short-term.

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