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“We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts. There are so many of these controversies these days, you’d think a diabolical agency had put something in the water to make people argumentative. And there’s so much talk about the trend these days—in books, articles, and academic conferences—that science doubt itself has become a pop-culture meme. In the recent movie Interstellar, set in a futuristic, downtrodden America where NASA has been forced into hiding, school textbooks say the Apollo moon landings were faked.

In a sense all this is not surprising. Our lives are permeated by science and technology as never before. For many of us this new world is wondrous, comfortable, and rich in rewards—but also more complicated and sometimes unnerving. We now face risks we can’t easily analyze.”

Joel Achenbach

The problem in all this is unfortunately that on the decisions we take now – and we are already late – depends the future of humanity. Climate change deniers are simply helping large corporations and trade groups from the oil, coal and auto industries maximizing profit to the detriment of future generations.

 

Other useful resources to understand climate change science and to respond to climate change deniers can be found at:

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming

Global Warming & Climate Change Myths

What’s Really Warming the World?