A different kind of rigor: what climate scientists can learn from emergency room doctors
Peacock, Kent A.
Taylor & Francis
James Hansen and others have argued that climate scientists are often reluctant to speak out about extreme outcomes of anthropogenic carbonization. According to Hansen, such reticence lessens the chance of effective responses to these threats. With the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) as a case study, reasons for scientific reticence are reviewed. The challenges faced by scientists in finding the right balance between reticence and speaking out are both ethical and methodological. Scientists need a framework within which to find this balance. Such a framework can be found in the long-established practices of professional ethics.
Sherpa Romeo green journal. This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics, Policy and Environment on 12/09/2018.
Climate scientists , Scientific reticence , West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Peacock, K. A. (2018). A different kind of rigor: What climate scientists can learn from emergency room doctors. Ethics, Policy and Environment, 21(2), 194-214. DOI:10.1080/21550085.2018.1509483