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Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:34 pm

Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation
Date: November 30, 2017
Source: American Institute of Biological Sciences
Summary: Although human-caused global warming is accepted by leading scientific organization around the world, public opinion about humanity's role fails to keep pace with consensus views. Numerous Internet blogs have contributed to this 'consensus gap' by misrepresenting topics such as polar bear well-being and Arctic sea ice extent as 'keystone dominoes' for toppling scientific understanding.

Despite overwhelming scientific agreement on the question of human-caused global warming, a major gap exists between this consensus and the public's understanding of the issue. Writing in BioScience, Jeffrey A. Harvey, of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, and his colleagues examine the causes of the consensus gap, focusing on climate-denier Internet blogs and the ways in which they use topics such as Arctic sea ice extent and polar bear well-being to foment misapprehensions about climate change among the public.

Harvey and his colleagues performed an analysis of 45 climate-denier blogs, noting that 80% relied primarily on a single denier blog for their evidence, which itself had a single author who "has neither conducted any original research nor published any articles in the peer-reviewed literature on polar bears." This paucity of expertise and evidence is common among such blogs, say the authors, as are personal attacks against researchers and attempts to misstate the extent of scientific uncertainty about crucial issues. Such narrowly framed attacks are designed to generate "keystone dominoes," say the authors, which deniers can then use as proxies for climate science as a whole. "By appearing to knock over the keystone domino, audiences targeted by the communication may assume all other dominoes are toppled in a form of 'dismissal by association.'"

Such misinformation poses a particular problem, because "among users, trust for blogs has been reported to exceed that of other traditional news or information sources." To counteract the blogs' pernicious effects, the authors argue that scientists must now engage in the "trench warfare" of public debate: "We strongly believe that scientists have a professional and moral obligation not only to inform the public about the findings and implications of their research but also to counter misinformation." This fight, the authors caution, may require an adaptation of tactics: "Many scientists mistakenly believe that debates with deniers over the causes and consequences of climate change are purely science driven, when in reality the situation with deniers is probably more akin to a street fight."

To this end, the authors close with a call to action: "Scientists need to more effectively use Internet-based social media to their full advantage in order to turn the tide in the battle for public opinion." By taking the fight to blogs, YouTube, and other social media, say the authors, scientists themselves may close the consensus gap, an effort they urgently encourage. They further argue that a failure to influence public attitudes may create acute problems for numerous ecosystems; in the absence of greenhouse-gas mitigation, "the prognosis for polar bears and other Arctic biota... is bleak."
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Re: Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation

Postby Cadmusteeth » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:17 pm

There needs to be more public discourse between scientists and the general public.

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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:38 pm

All the studies show that discourse only hardens positions.

What there needs to be is more personal injury accruing to those who deny science, but unlike magical cures, this issue affects us all, so we can't wait for personal experience to inform the ignorant.

What "will" happen is the deniers will age out of the population and the kiddies corrupted by political correctness will vote the remaining paid for deniers out of office. Or....and maybe faster, Big Business itself will mind its own pocket books and stop denying reality. This takes Big Governemnt to stop subsidizing the deniers as with Property Insurance program Federally backed to build in flood zones and such. Take away the Feds, and the Insurance Biz will redline flood zones due to predicted climate change in an instant.

.............and so forth.
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Re: Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation

Postby Gord » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:42 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Harvey and his colleagues performed an analysis of 45 climate-denier blogs

There are 45 climate-denier blogs?!? :befuddled:
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Gord wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Harvey and his colleagues performed an analysis of 45 climate-denier blogs

There are 45 climate-denier blogs?!? :befuddled:

No, they reviewed 45 climate-denier blogs. There are more, but nausea set in about number 40.
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Postby Gord » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:00 pm

How do they manage to type all of them?
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:10 pm

They say the science is not clear or not all in or flatly that it is a conspiracy.
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Fourth cat. available: Selfishness trumps racial survival.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:27 pm

"racial"? /// You lost me. Did you mean glacial????
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bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:"racial"? /// You lost me. Did you mean glacial????

No, I meant "racial". The greedy want to get or stay rich, even if it means the human race will go down the shitter. Selfishness is obvious if you read the reasons the denialists list for not believing in climate change. Their 105" TV are worth more to them than their children's survival.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:06 am

That all goes to being selfish to the determent of their kiddies on which I agree.

So...........did you mean species rather than racial? I do believe more whites than blacks are self destructively evilly greedy but that given a chance, the blacks would catch up pretty quick. Or, maybe they already are just not in white collar crime where the big bucks are. I have no firm stereotypes regarding the entire community of mankind but note that if you support the outcome, greed and selfish can be called "hard working". As usual, its often down to who's ox is getting gored.
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I use 'racial' as meaning the human race.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:51 pm

Do you enjoy explaining your special definition to everyone else? When I do that, it typically strokes my funny bone but its usually an "extension" of the definition rather than...........whatever you are doing. It is "species" right on point that you are talking about and NOT at all racial.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 am

You really think I give a {!#%@} about your confabulations?
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:30 am

How is that even a subject?
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