Again Falsely Linking Smoking and Climate SciencePosted: September 18, 2017
Sarah Myhre is at it again, claiming climate science links storms to CO2 as certainly as smoking causes cancer. Fossil fuel activists are obsessed with the smoking analogy, not least because oil companies have even deeper pockets than tobacco companies.
The analogy actually works against her on both sides. Storms and CO2 are not correlated in the statistics, and she exaggerates the extent to which smoking results in cancer. A previous post explains.
A new theme emerging out of the IPCC Fifth Report was the emphasis on selling the risk of man-made climate change. The idea is that scientists should not advocate policy, but do have a responsibility to convince the public of the risks resulting from burning fossil fuels.
An article illustrates how this approach shapes recent public communications in support of actions on global warming/climate change. Treading the Fine Line Between Climate…
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