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Why Mark Maslin will talk politics with climate change deniers – but not science

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Why Mark Maslin will talk politics with climate change deniers – but not science

An item in the 16 December issue of The Conversation by Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) explains why it is essential for people, including scientists, to recognise that it is politics and not science that drives many people to deny climate change.

Drawing on the 1980s work of UCL Geography Emeritus Professor John Adams, he argues that opinions about climate change reflect the belief systems common to various types of individual, influenced by personal financial or political agendas, or whatever is expedient at the time. He also cites more recent evidence from the US showing the political basis of attitudes to climate change.

Many of these attitudes are embedded in the neo-liberal political system that has dominated global economic development in the past 35 years. Mark concludes: “..is it any wonder that many people prefer climate change denial to ... building a new political (and socio-economic) system...?”

In the two weeks following its publication the article had attracted 219 responses.

Read more in the Conversation.


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