to believe or not to believe …

Do you believe in climate change? For the ordinary person it still seems to be difficult to decide whether global warming is really happening or not.

Every now and then – but really not very often – something pops up which seems to speak against climate change caused by us humans: scientists mixing up some numbers so that the glaciers of the Himalayas will not disappear in the next decades or a new book by some so called expert who tells us: “It’s the sun, silly.”

For me it’s more an example of how difficult it is for the scientific community to get through to the people and to make themselves understood. Since the seventies we have had the concept of “popular sciences”. There are some scientific magazines printed for the broad public and there are tv shows like “Quarks and CO” here in Germany that are quite successful. So a wider public should be well informed – which, by the way, is also a prerequisite for a lot of  political decisions – but still there is this gap between public and the scientific world. And why should that be? Is it disinterest of the ordinary person? Is it because we do not do enough to teach, or better: to make young people interested in and fascinated by the natural sciences? What do you think?

Anyhow, for those of my students who start preparing for their final examination, here is a link to an article published today by one of my favorite newspapers, the Guardian. It is titled: “Do you believe in climate change?” It was written by Vicky Pope, who is a  senior scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in the UK.

The article includes a link to  Everything you need to know about climate change .

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