The culture of science is to be conservative in declaring the need for action in the face of uncertain risks and the government review of the IPCC summaries for policymakers has only exacerbated the problem. The challenge created by scientists repeatedly understating of risks is addressed in a forthcoming book by Eugene Linden, formerly an environment writer with Time magazine. I would, however, note the most recent two IPCC reports from last month and last August have finally adopted rhetoric consistent with the reality of the danger leading to headlines like “Code Red for the Planet”. Ultimately what policies are adopted and actions taken is not for scientists to decide — the evidence has been out there for decades since Jim Hansen’s famous testimony before Congress in 1988 and our politicians have repeatedly failed us. In the last few days our former president has yet again declared climate change a hoax and yet millions still support his re-election.

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Alan S. Miller is co-author of “Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!”. His full bio and links to writing are available at alansmiller.com

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Alan S. Miller

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Alan S. Miller is co-author of “Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!”. His full bio and links to writing are available at alansmiller.com

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