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Talking to the Public About Climate Change: The Role of Non-specialists
 

Summary: Talking to the Public About Climate Change:
The Role of Non-specialists
Dr. William P. Blair
JHU Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
MARAMA Workshop
Baltimore, MD
Feb. 26, 2008
My Assumptions for this Talk
Global Warming/Climate Change are serious issues.Global Warming/Climate Change are serious issues.
Action needs to take place on many levels.Action needs to take place on many levels.
Individually, locally, regionally, nationally, globally.Individually, locally, regionally, nationally, globally.
Clear communication of the issues is required to makeClear communication of the issues is required to make
good decisions.good decisions.
There is a lot of (There is a lot of (mis-mis-)information in the public discussion;)information in the public discussion;
+ some of it due to lack of understanding and+ some of it due to lack of understanding and
somesome of itof it intentional.intentional.
Scientists and technical experts can (collectively) have aScientists and technical experts can (collectively) have a
positive impact onpositive impact on the framing of this discussion, but only ifthe framing of this discussion, but only if
we speak in ways the public can understand.we speak in ways the public can understand.
Challenges and Opportunities of Speaking to the Public

  

Source: Henry, Richard C.- Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

 

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