Sunday, 1 March 2009

Climate calm

"Why is it not just campaigners, but politicians and scientists too, who are openly confusing the language of fear, terror and disaster with the observable physical reality of climate change, actively ignoring the careful hedging which surrounds science's predictions? we need to take a deep breath and pause. the language of catastrophe is not the language of science. it will not be visible in next year's global assessment for the world authority...
Framing climate change as an issue which evokes fear and personal stress becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. by 'sexing it up' we exacerbate, through psychological amplifiers, the very risks we are trying to ward off.
The careless (or conspiratorial?) translation of concern about Saddam Hussein's putative military threat into the case for WMD has had major geopolitical repercussions.
We need to make sure the agents and agencies in our society which would seek to amplify climate change risks do not lead us down a similar counter-productive pathway." (Mike Hulme, 2006)