The Ethics of Scientific Communication and the Challenges to Public Education About Climate Change: A Minnesota Perspective

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Numerous pitfalls must be navigated in providing scientific knowledge, assessment, and direction regarding climate change and its consequences. Evidence abounds in the scientific literature that climate change is real. However there are disparities in the measured signals of climate change (data), as well as uncertainties in the model projections of what climate change will look like. Serious consequences have already surfaced and presented real challenges to adaptation, both with respect to the management of natural resources, as well as the management of societal infrastructure. Localizing the message and finding common ethical grounds are mandatory for civil and meaningful dialogue on this topic. I will describe some lessons learned over 40 years as University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist.

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