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Hostage to myopic self-interest: climate science is watered down under political scrutiny | Ian Dunlop

11.09.2017
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Scientific reticence allows politicians to neglect the real dangers we face. But waiting for perfect information means it will be too late to actThree decades ago when serious debate on human-induced climate change began globally, a great deal of statesmanship was on display. A preparedness to recognise that this was an issue which transcended nation states, ideologies and political parties. An issue which had to be addressed proactively in the long-term interests of humanity, even if the existential nature of climate risk was far less clear cut than it is today.Then, as global institutions were put in place to take up this challenge and the extent of change this would impose on the fossil-fuel dominated world became more obvious, the forces of resistance mobilised. Today, despite the diplomatic triumph of the Paris climate agreement, debate around climate change policy has never been more dysfunctional, indeed Orwellian, particularly in Australia. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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