Understanding & Communicating Climate Change
Thursday 21st August 2014
6 pm-8 pm (Light Refreshments 5.30 pm)
Griffith University EcoCentre, Nathan Campus
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Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges we face this century, with scientific evidence indicating widespread and significant impacts to humans, species and our environment. In his presentation - “An update on scientific understanding of current and future climate change and consequences for humans and nature?” - Professor Brendan Mackey will provide a summary of the main findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report. John Cook will follow with his presentation - “Addressing the dual challenges of climate change communication and misinformation” - exploring the psychology of climate change and misinformation, and how scientists can both communicate compelling science and neutralise the influence of misinformation.
Professor Brendan Mackey is the Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University. His research is focused on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation policy and in particular for land-related issues. Brendan is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Global Governing Council, has written over 170 academic publications and serves on various scientific advisory committees.
John Cook is the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He created the website Skeptical Science.com, which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the advancement of climate change knowledge. John co-authored the textbooks Climate Change Science: A modern synthesis, Climate Change Denial: heads in the sand and a number of peer-reviewed papers on climate change and the psychology of misinformation. In 2013 John published a paper analysing the scientific consensus on climate change that gained worldwide media attention. He is currently completing a PhD in cognitive psychology, researching how to neutralise the influence of climate misinformation.
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