Climate change is real, theoretical physicist Steven E. Koonin concedes. But the public discussion around the topic is alarmist and divorced from real science. Why are we missing so much crucial context, and what can we do about it?
Too Much Drama
At its core, news is a business, and today’s headlines are engineered to attract clicks. That doesn’t serve scientists or the general public in talking about an issue as complex as climate change. Politicians, too, often weaponize uncertainty to take down an opponent when, in a perfect world, they’d be more concerned about the facts. How can we turn down the temperature on the discourse? Explore the issue in our latest Instaread.