Doomed Planet

Climate of McCarthyism

Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre staged a week of climate change discussions without a single sceptical contribution.

Then the Victorian Government sponsored a seminar, given by a CSIRO scientist, to teach public servants how to deal with “climate denialism”.

Now, the University of Western Australia is offering what must be one of the most shameful events in our country’s intellectual history – a forum on climate change with a university psychologist discussing the “perils” of climate scepticism:

Climate change scepticism under the spotlight

Some of The University of Western Australia’s top scientists will discuss the current debate about whether climate change is real and answer questions at a public forum on Monday, 28 June.

Speakers include Fellow of the Royal Society, Premier’s Research Fellow and coral reef expert, Professor Malcolm McCulloch, who will examine the scientific consensus: data from a warming planet.

Australian Professorial Fellow Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, from UWA’s School of Psychology, will discuss the perils of ignoring consensus in science and Professor Kevin Judd from UWA’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, an expert in climate modelling, will look at the fallacies associated with denial and "sceptical" junk science.

Dr Volker Oschmann, a senior German government official currently doing research at UWA’s Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, will also discuss economic growth in a clean energy future.

After the four speakers, audience members will be able to ask questions and discuss the issues with a panel of experts.

TITLE: Public Forum:  Climate Change and Scepticism

WHEN: 6.00pm – 7.30pm Monday, 28 June, 2010

WHERE: Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA.  The nearest car park is P3 off Hackett Entrance 1

COST: The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Source: University News

 

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