A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, is suggesting that climate change denial might push scientists to overemphasize scientific uncertainty. The findings of the study also confirm that climate change denial affects the way scientists speak and think.
Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, a scientist representing the School of Experimental Psychology and Cabot Institute in Bristol, along with his colleagues from the Harvard University and three renowned Australian institutions, showcased how the language of people opposing scientific theories of climate change has become a part of the scientists’ discussion about the alleged pause or hiatus in global warming our planet experienced recently.
The research team at the Bristol University believes that this has resulted in an unwitting reinforcement of a very misleading message regarding global warming and climate change.
It has been a long time since we are seeing that media articles and blog posts are trying to make people believe that global warming is not taking place anymore. Now, we are seeing that the idea of a hiatus or pause in global warming has managed to find place even in scientific literature, for instance, the most recent assessment report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
However, there is enough evidence supporting the fact that global warming is still a constant phenomenon; this automatically makes the idea of the hiatus or pause in global warming misleading.
It’s true that recently the warming has become slower than the long-standing trend; however, such fluctuations in warming rate have always been there. Several times in the past, our planet has experience sudden increase in the warming rates; however, on those occasions we haven’t seen the scientific community focusing on short-term climate variability in the way it is focusing on now.
During those days of rapid warming, no research group took any additional effort for explaining catastrophic warming. However, this time even a slight decrease in the rate of warming has given birth to special issues of several top journals and a series of articles explaining the idea of a hiatus in global warming. This asymmetry, according to the researchers involved in the study at the Bristol University, most likely reflects “seepage” of contradicting claims into research works.