Data from: Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy

  • Jeff A. Harvey (Creator)
  • Daphne van den Berg (Creator)
  • Jacintha Ellers (Creator)
  • Remko Kampen (Creator)
  • Thomas W. Crowther (Creator)
  • Peter Roessingh (Creator)
  • Bart Verheggen (Creator)
  • R.J.M. Nuijten (Creator)
  • Eric Post (Creator)
  • Stephan Lewandowsky (Creator)
  • Ian Stirling (Creator)
  • Meena Balgopal (Creator)
  • Steven C. Amstrup (Creator)
  • Michael E. Mann (Creator)

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Description

Increasing surface temperatures, Arctic sea-ice loss, and other evidence of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are acknowledged by every major scientific organization in the world. However, there is a wide gap between this broad scientific consensus and public opinion. Internet blogs have strongly contributed to this consensus gap by fomenting misunderstandings of AGW causes and consequences. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) have become a “poster species” for AGW, making them a target of those denying AGW evidence. Here, focusing on Arctic sea ice and polar bears, we show that blogs that deny or downplay AGW disregard the overwhelming scientific evidence of Arctic sea-ice loss and polar bear vulnerability. By denying the impacts of AGW on polar bears, bloggers aim to cast doubt on other established ecological consequences of AGW, aggravating the consensus gap. To counter misinformation and reduce this gap, scientists should directly engage the public in the media and blogosphere.
Date made available05 Dec 2017
PublisherDryad
  • Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy

    Harvey, J. A., van den Berg, D., Ellers, J., Kampen, R., Crowther, T. W., Roessingh, P., Verheggen, B., Nuijten, R. J. M., Post, E., Lewandowsky, S., Stirling, I., Balgopal, M., Amstrup, S. C. & Mann, M. E., 2018, In: BioScience. 68, 4, p. 281-287 bix133.

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