Four challenges facing newly elected climate chief
Nature News - 10/06/2015
Scientific and economic reasoning is an adequate way to frame the climate problem — but it is by no means the only way, says Matthew Nisbet, a communication and policy specialist at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is among the IPCC watchers who argue that the group should incorporate more insights from the social sciences in its climate reports. Increasing input from sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists and political scientists can help scientists and policymakers understand how climate information is perceived, trusted and used by governments and private industry.
“The more severe the [climate-change] problem becomes the more it will polarize societies,” says Nisbet. “You’re just not going to reach a threshold where everybody agrees that the IPCC is right. This will never happen.”