Science Director Richard Somerville has published a piece in Foreign Policy, entitled “Cold Comfort: Why #polarvortex trended and climate change is somehow still ‘unverified.’ ” The article addresses the lack of action on climate, and why people may be resistant to learning bad news – a phenomenon in the medical world known as “health information avoidance”, and which may be highly applicable to the climate change community.
From the article:
“From hurricanes to heat waves to the recent “polar vortex,” the public is fascinated — one might even say obsessed — by the weather. Yes, it was cold. Very cold. But did it really deserve to be headline news around the world?
More to the point: Why are so many people deeply captivated by tomorrow’s weather, while remaining oblivious to today’s climate?”