Understanding Climate Change Denial

  • G. Thomas Farmer
  • John Cook
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Abstract

At its heart, climate denial is the rejection of the scientific consensus that humans are disrupting the climate. Denial of a consensus can be identified by five telltale characteristics: fake experts, cherry picking, logical fallacies, impossible expectations and conspiracy theories. These techniques are observed in the tactics and strategies of the climate denial movement, disseminated by ideological think-tanks, some conservative governments and vested interests through a range of media streams. The key to responding to climate misinformation is to provide alternative narratives that are more compelling than the myths they replace.

Keywords

Climate denial Denier Consensus Peer-review Uncertainty Fake experts Cherry picking Logical fallacies Impossible expectations Conspiracy theories “Climategate” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC Conservative ideology Media balance-as-bias Conservative think tanks Government Corporate vested interests Internet Misinformation Refutation Backfire effect 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Thomas Farmer
    • 1
  • John Cook
    • 2
  1. 1.Farmer EnterprisesLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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