A Changing Climate of Communication | Science Careers
GRANBY, CO— "We're going to kick these guys' asses and we're going to win this thing!" James Byrne shouted into the microphone, providing a rousing conclusion to the first evening of this unique 5-day conference. Byrne, a climate scientist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, was seeking to inspire the roughly hundred scientists, communication professionals, and students in the audience to chart a new path for climate researchers to get their message across.
...Whether they shared Byrne's fervor—aimed at those he called "deniers"—attendees' willingness to convene at this dusty if picturesque ranch underscored their commitment to the cause.
..."Steve [Schneider] came under criticism by colleagues who said he should not go out and make statements that were exaggerated or could be interpreted to be exaggerated," science historian Spencer Weart told the conference audience. Similarly, former NASA climatologist James Hansen has faced criticism from colleagues who feel he has opined on policy matters well outside his scientific expertise, like coal plants and carbon policy.