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Scientists Dissect The Tactics Of Climate Delayers

With climate change increasingly difficult to deny, those who would do nothing about it have turned to delay. European scientists last month catalogued what they call the “Four Discourses of Climate Delay”—arguments that facilitate continued inaction.

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“As the public conversation on climate change evolves, so too does the sophistication and range of arguments used to downplay or discount the need for action,” say the team of ten scientists led by William F. Lamb of Berlin’s Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.

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Words by Jeff McMahon