Exposing and challenging the war on climate science
Protecting the integrity of the relationship between the climate science community and policymakers and the public is essential to enabling society to understand the climate change challenge and deal with it successfully. Powerful corporate and political interests have had considerable success so far in blocking effective climate policy. One strategy they have used is support for a disinformation campaign that has undermined public understanding, promoted misleading media coverage, and supported elected officials and candidates who deny or discount the reality of human-caused climate change and the likelihood of serious harmful impacts.
We expose and challenge the denial machine. A few examples:
The extraordinary orchestrated attacks on the integrity and credibility of climate scientists and on the entire edifice of decades of advancing scientific understanding of climate change are a core CSW concern and have occupied much of our attention this year. Coming from members of Congress, denialist policy groups, right-wing media and wealthy funders, this nihilistic assault seeks to delegitimize climate science and the science community — especially scientists who have made the greatest efforts to communicate with policymakers and the wider public.
We defend the science community and provide a vehicle for communication by scientists:
Advocating for climate change preparedness
Climate Science Watch focuses on the impacts of global climate disruption and the need for adaptive preparedness as an essential and still highly-underdeveloped component of U.S. climate policy – and an essential element of holding government accountable for translating climate science into policymaking. Climate science has already identified a range of observed impacts of climate disruption, and projects far greater changes in the future, especially if anthropogenic forcing of the climate system continues unchecked. Adaptive preparedness is not an alternative to mitigation policy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – both are essential.
Holding government accountable includes calling for an active acknowledgement of climate change implications by elected officials, incorporation of a national preparedness strategy in climate legislation, executive branch action using existing authorities, and political leadership to gain public support for both immediate action and long-term policies. The U.S. government must support new climate change research priorities, impacts assessments, and climate services to provide scientific underpinning and decision support for federal, state, and local action.