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There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

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10.10.2019

Last week, amid the cacophony of reactions to Greta Thunberg's appearance before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, a group of self-proclaimed "prominent scientists" sent a registered letter to UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres.

The letter, headed "There is no climate emergency", urged Guterres to follow: ...a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation.

Greta Thunbergs fiery oration has prompted outrage, but even if you agree with her you might still be ignoring her message.

The group, supported by 75 Australian business and industry figures, along with others around the world, obviously rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. But this missive displays remarkably different tactics to those previously used to stymie climate action.

The language of climate change denial and inaction has transformed. Outright science denial has been replaced by efforts to reframe climate change as natural, and climate action as unwarranted.

However, this is just another way of rejecting the facts, and their implications for us. Denial can take many forms.

The twin phenomena of denial and inaction are related to one another, at least in the context of climate change. They are also complex, both in the general sense of "complicated and intricate",........

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