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CROSSLINES Global Report


Science in international negotiations

The Climate Change Convention: a load of hot air?

By Peter Hulm

Buying scientific credibility

O'Riordan notes that scientists have almost as much credibility with the general public as medical practitioners and the clergy. Journalists and politicians are at the bottom (1995:6).

As a result, O'Riordan reports, industry is seeking alliances with environmental scientists across a broad range of issues. Epistemic community theorists, too, as Vogler points out, realize that they can only change attitudes if the power structure is understood and used (1995:209). Clayton declares: "Good environmental science has to be both interactive and politically sensitive"(1995:127).

It has even been observed of the climate change scientists: "The function of IPCC has been to co-ordinate and initiate research" rather than provide policy advice (Underdat and Skodvin, 1994:35)




The scientific consensus

The problems of consensus

The politics of consensus

The threshold of danger

The politics of science

Knowledge-based communities



Science and the three paradigms

A utilitarian hypothesis

A cobweb model, modified


What the Panel Said

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