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What Hinders a Constructive Climate Dialogue?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorApr 5, 2012 6:33 PM

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We hear a lot these days about the need for scientists "“ particularly climate scientists "“ to engage more with the public and better communicate their findings.

That's Leo Hickman in the opener of a recent Guardian piece. He reports on efforts by UK climate scientists to communicate more directly with some of their most vocal critics. I've been following these developments fairly closely since Judith Curry went down this path. Some believe that she's since lost her way. Regardless of what Curry's colleagues may think of the way she's gone about it, clearly there are others in the climate science community who find it worthwhile to engage with climate skeptics. So where Hickman left off, I pick up at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media. Specifically, my post looks at some of the obstacles to a constructive dialogue that no amount of open and civil conversation can seem to surmount.

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