Climate Science and the media - Dr Olive Heffernan, Nature - EPA CC Conference June 2010

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  • This shows that if nations meet their lowest stated ambitions in the Copenhagen Accord, we could be on track to reach 3 degrees or more. Current pledges mean a greater than 50% chance that warming will exceed 3°C by 2100.
  • A poll conducted in January by Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, found that the percentage of Americans who think that global warming is occurring dropped from 71 to 57 percent between 2008 and 2010. The proportion who said they trust scientists for information about global warming dipped from 83 to 74 percent.
  • Climate Science and the media - Dr Olive Heffernan, Nature - EPA CC Conference June 2010

    1. 1. Olive Heffernan, PhD, CMarSci | Chief Editor| Nature Climate Change Framing science: climate and the media Climate Change Conference 30 June 2010 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
    2. 2. A brief history
    3. 3. The glory days
    4. 4. “ The 3 C’s” <ul><li>Climategate </li></ul><ul><li>Copenhagen </li></ul><ul><li>Cold spell </li></ul>
    5. 5. Climategate
    6. 7. Copenhagen
    7. 8. Copenhagen Nature 464 , 1126-1128 (22 April 2010
    8. 9. Cold snap
    9. 10. Public opinion - US <ul><li>Poll in January showed that percentage of Americans who think that global warming is occurring dropped from 71 to 57 percent between 2008 and 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Proportion who said they trust scientists for information about global warming dipped from 83 to 74 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>Decline concentrated among Republicans. </li></ul><ul><li>By May, new poll showed that public support for climate regulation had grown from 71 percent to 77 percent. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Public opinion - UK <ul><li>UK public confidence in climate research has sagged in recent years. Poll conducted by researchers at Cardiff found that 78 percent of UK residents believed the climate was changing in 2010, compared to 91 percent in 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>A BBC poll found that the proportion of people who believe that global warming is largely caused by humans dropped from 41 percent in November to 26 percent in February </li></ul><ul><li>Despite dip, confidence in climate science remains quite strong. In the Cardiff poll, just 18 percent said climate change is mostly due to natural causes. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Is the science ‘settled’? Yes and no. Did the shift in opinion reflect a change in the facts? No.
    12. 13. ...many uncertainties remain
    13. 14. Predicting and planning
    14. 15. Precipitation patterns
    15. 16. Aerosols and clouds
    16. 17. Framing science Science 6 April 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5821, p. 56
    17. 18. Managing risk Nature 461 , 472-475 (24 September 2009)
    18. 19. <ul><ul><ul><li>Online at www.nature.com/nclimate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On Nature’s Climate Feedback blog: http://blogs.nature.com/climatefeedback/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On Twitter: @olive_heffernan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul>Nature Climate Change

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