Thursday, October 16, 2014
Scientists and Climate Change: interesting lines from State of the World 2014!
“When it comes to avoiding a 2°C rise [in average global temperatures], ‘impossible’ is translated into ‘difﬁcult but doable’, whereas ‘urgent and radical’ emerge as ‘challenging’—all to appease the god of economics (or, more precisely, ﬁnance).” With the exception of outspoken individuals like James Hansen—who served as head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies until 2013—most scientists have been reluctant to engage in the ﬁerce, polarized political debates of how society should respond to distressing scientiﬁc ﬁndings."
(Even though I am yet to get a full copy of The Worldwatch Institute's signature publication 'State of the World 2014', the promo brings the first chapter and I found out these interesting lines about how scientists are engaging in climate change debate. Thought of sharing with all of you.)