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Truth is the First Casualty of Global Warming

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BRUSSELS – The latest global climate summit in Poland has generated familiar predictions of doom and disaster from environmental activists. Climate change seems to freeze our capacity for critical thinking: we are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows, and – conversely – that our solutions are far easier than reality dictates.

Dec 14, 2018 Laurence Tubiana calls for smarter, more psychologically nuanced messaging to build public support for decarbonization.

Dec 17, 2018 Robert Skidelsky explains why Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU has become the least worst option for the UK.

Dec 14, 2018 Kevin Rudd predicts that bilateral tensions will lead Chinese leaders to seek better ties with regional neighbors.

Consider weather events: it is second nature now to link these to climate change. Whenever a flood hits, the media blames global warming and warns that floods are increasing. But the most authoritative conclusion by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that it is not even clear whether floods have increased or decreased globally over the past century.

Both European forest fires and US hurricanes are blamed on global warming. But, despite getting more news attention than normal, forest fires in Europe 2018 have affected less than half the average area burned; in Europe’s southern countries, which contain 90% of the affected forest, the burned area has halved over 35 years. On hurricanes, IPCC scientists........

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