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Last year the American Association for the Advancement of Science — the largest science society in the world, which publishes Science — held its AGM in Vancouver. Seven thousand scientists from around the world attended. The theme was communication: how can scientists communicate directly with the public in a way that is meaningful and understandable?
The subtext here was how to circumvent notoriously bad news media like Fox News, which was recently analyzed by the Union of Concerned Scientists to be misleading on 93 per cent of their statements about climate change. (Surprisingly, they also found the Wall Street Journal opinion pages to be misleading 81 per cent of the time on climate change.)
Over and over, in various conference sessions I attended last year the plea arose to get the message out to the public about climate change and what we're facing so we, the people, would pressure politicians directly to get the right policies in place to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
Andrew Weaver was at that conference last year, and now he's thrown his hat into the ring to be a politician himself and do the right thing. What can the rest of us do?
Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning journalist who tracks local weather every day. It's been warmer than normal for weeks.