"We are seeing very clearly with climate change that our policy choices are currently not grounded in knowledge and understanding," according to Paul Higgins, an associate policy director for the American Meterological Society.
During the past week in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House, Democratic members put forth three amendments that would accept that climate change is occurring; that it is due in large part to human activity; and that man made global warming poses a threat to public health and welfare. Not a single Republican voted in favor of the amendments.
In order to counter the anti-science perspective taken by elected members of Congress and the public, Google.org has gathered a team of 21 climate researchers in order to improve the effectivness of climate change messaging. Paul Higgins, quoted above, will become one of the 21 Google Science Communication Fellows.
The Fellows will be sharpening their media skills and making climate science information more accessible to lawmakers and the public.