Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Date

June 30, 2011

Speaker

Naomi Oreskes

Overview

According to a recent study from the Yale Project on Climate Change, 40 percent of Americans believe there is major scientific disagreement as to whether global warming is real. Yet you would be hard-pressed to find any working climate scientist who didn’t think global warming is happening, and has been for some time. Ideology and corporate interest have skewed public understanding and spread confusion about many of the most important issues of our time. Campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge have been effective for over four decades. Changing public perception about the link between smoking and lung cancer, how acid rain & the ozone hole were created and studies on secondhand smoke.

Speakers

Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes is a Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her study “Beyond the Ivory Tower,” published in Science, was a milestone in the fight against global warming denial and was cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth.