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Understanding Climate Research and the Politics of Denial


Wed 27 Mar 2013, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: La Trobe University - Bundoora, Plenty Road, Bundoora, Kingsbury, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


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Climate change continues to make headlines in the recent past, from record ice melts in the arctic to Australia experiencing its hottest day on record earlier this year.

Despite the ever-growing body of evidence collected by organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), vested interests, both political and commercial, insist on the maintenance of a “debate” about the very existence of anthropogenic climate change.

World-renowned climate change expert Professor David Karoly will join with Professor Robert Manne, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Convenor of the seminal Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University to discuss the reasons behind political inaction to address the issue.

According to Professor Manne, despite the certainty of the consensual conclusions reached by the climate scientists, societies across the globe have so far spectacularly failed to rise to the challenge. ‘Climate change is an issue that continues to be avoided on the world stage despite the evidence,’ says Professor Manne.

The seminar will include Professor Karoly explaining the mechanisms of our changing climate and addressing common denialist arguments while Professor Manne, author of “A Dark Victory: how vested interests defeated climate science”, among other things, will discuss the success of vested interests in manufacturing doubt around the scientific evidence that has led to the current lack of political action to address this issue.

The Ideas and Society program involves a series of debates and public lectures aimed at considering some of the critical questions of the times. In this case, it is supporting a forum initiated from the La Trobe student body.

Located at the Western Lecture Theatre 2.