How do we explain climate science better to judges?
Dr Chris McGrath (School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management) will examine the communication strategy that was used to explain climate science in recent litigation against a large coal mine in Queensland. The approach involved layering information with simple summaries provided in short expert reports. The reports were backed up by recent summaries of climate science from major international and national scientific bodies. Despite these efforts, the court ignored the vast bulk of the scientific evidence and selectively truncated the evidence of two of the main scientific witnesses to find that they contradicted each other, rendering the evidence worthless.
In this research seminar, Dr Chris McGrath will argue that in addition to communicating clearly, scientists must aim to guard against deliberate misinterpretation of their views.
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Tuesday 23 April, 2013
12:30 – 1:30pm Please arrive for a 12:30pm start.
Room 309, SteeleBuilding
University of Queensland