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Talking Climate Science, Talking Climate Policy
11:30am to 12:30pm
August 15, 2013
Danger lurks when scientists talk about policy. When scientists endorse a particular policy to address the climate change-related problems they study, audiences can question the integrity of their science (as discussed here: www.eenews.net/stories/1059966968). But laying out the dangers of climate change without presenting a solution can leave audiences feeling powerless, and makes the science seem powerless, too. How can scientists and science communicators ethically bring their expertise to bear on policy questions, without compromising the integrity or independence of the science they publish and present? Are scientists ethically obliged to share what their research says about policy, or are they ethically bound to steer clear of policy debates when they talk science?
Suggested reading: Nisbet, M.C. (2009). The Ethics of Framing Science. In B. Nerlich, B. Larson, & R. Elliott (Eds.). Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions (pp 51-74). London: Ashgate.
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