Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Speaker: 
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Studies, University of California San Diego, author and 2011 Climate Change Communicator of the Year
Date: 
June 27, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location

Room B150, Bob Wright Centre
University of Victoria
Victoria , BC

oreskes_0.jpgFind out why people mistakenly believe the science of climate change is unsettled. In Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes and co-author Erik Conway revealed how a group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over issues including acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, DDT, and the harms of tobacco. This long campaign of sowing doubt, which found its roots in the ideology of free market fundamentalism, has skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

Naomi Oreskes is a University of California Professor of History and Science Studies, author, and has been voted Climate Change Communicator of the Year for 2011 by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication.