January 01, 2020

The Back Page: A Jiu Jitsu Approach to Climate Denial

Jonathan P. Scoll

A September 2018, survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found that as many as 50 percent of those surveyed did not believe in anthropogenic climate change, depending on the how the question was framed. While some current antiscientific beliefs, such as astrology, creationism, or the faking of the moon landing, have few social consequences, climate denial poses an immediate existential threat to humanity. Overcoming it is an imperative for scientists and policy makers. But how?

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