[ASC-list] Science article risk communication and climate change

Liese Coulter change123 at bigpond.com
Tue Oct 28 00:02:19 UTC 2008

I want to bring this article to peoples' attention. It picks up on a
fundamental issue in science communications- understanding the implications.


Risk Communication on Climate:  Mental Models and Mass Balance, John D.
Sterman 2008


The strong scientific consensus on the causes and risks of climate change
stands in stark contrast to widespread confusion and complacency among the
public.  This policy forum explores the reasons for the gap, reports
experimental results with MIT graduate students showing poor understanding
of the basic processes of accumulation governing the concentration of
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and discusses the implications for
climate research and policy.

Cite as:  Sterman, John D. (2008)  Risk Communication on Climate:  Mental
Models and Mass Balance.  Science 322 (24 October): 532-533.

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Liese Coulter, M.Sc.

Communicating a climate of change

change123 at bigpond.com


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community in setting priorities for climate change action in our region.


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