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Climate Change Conference…Science or Emotion?

pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”Sympathetic though I am to the aims of the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, I couldn#8217;t help feeling there was an air of unreality about the start of proceedings./span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”/span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”A poll last week suggested that about half of the British public remain unconvinced that climate change is causednbsp; by human behaviour, and the nbsp;leaked emails from the University of East Anglia have damaged the standard of the science./span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”/span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”Against the background the conference opened with an emotional video of a girl being swept away by rising tides.nbsp; This may have been nbsp;intended as a metaphor for how the planet will be destroyed, but it set the wrong tone. When the public is sceptical, the science needs to convince. Emotional appeals do nothing on that score. As we know, countering science with emotion suggests you can#8217;t argue scientifically./span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”/span/p pspan style=”font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”As my Twitter friends would say, #prfail./span/p p style=”font-size: 10px;” a href=”http://posterous.com”Posted via email/a from a href=”http://jclionsden.posterous.com/climate-change-conferencescience-or-emotion”JOHN CLARE/a /p

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