HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

In debate on climate change, exaggeration is a common pitfall

Effective communication of information on global climate change, especially the science behind it, can be quite complicated given the biases that exist on both sides of the debate.  The article from the New York Times analyzes how exaggerations of the facts on climate change can influence public opinion of the issue. On one side, those who believe human activity is responsible for the problem often go too far by linking all changes in environmental disasters to climate change (which may not be the case).  On the other side, climate change skeptics also distort the truth to make their argument seem more realistic, with one example being the statement that ice cover expanded rather than decreased (this was later clarified).  The end result of this is that much of the population remains confused on the issue of global climate change, which can prevent action from taking place. 

Regardless of what you believe (in terms of what is responsible for global climate change), the effective communication of this information is critical and must be improved.  How to do this remains the question, as uncertainties still exist.

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE


More Posts Like This

CONSEQUENCES

SCOTUS Poised to Handcuff the EPA

In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

CITY TECH BLOG

China and the Paris Agreement by City Tech Blogger Xiao JiaLun

The “Paris Agreement” is a climate change agreement adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference on December 12, 2015, and signed in New York on April 22, 2016. The agreement decides the global response to climate change after 2020. A major feature of the Paris Agreement is that

ENERGY

Biden is Right to push for Climate Agenda on Economic grounds

In Biden’s 1st SOTU, he doubled down on his climate agenda, asserting that it would save Americans $500/year in energy costs. He promised to build 500,000 charging stations, upgrade miles of highways, and modernize the nation’s ports and airports, all to lower transportation costs for Americans. He said

Take action in the fight against climate change