Reprints of Paul's recent BAMS columns
As a public and policy issue, climate change boils down to four overarching questions: 1) is climate changing? 2) are people causing climate to change? 3) if so, how serious are the risks to society? and 4) what are the strengths and weaknesses of our different risk management options?
Scientists who contribute to policy are most effective when they have clear goals and a strategy for achieving them.
Improved communication of risks and opportunities relating to weather, water, and climate would help the broader society benefit from the scientific advances the AMS community routinely provides.
The scientific community faces two major challenges that the Policy Program seeks to address.
The key to understanding climate policy, in my view, is to identify a broad range of options and then assess the strengths and weaknesses of each option as objectively as possible.
There is great need for the scientific community to effectively and credibly communicate with the broader society. Here are a few thoughts on doing so with legitimacy and power.
Thoughtful engagement with the policy process has the potential to help secure the supoort and recources that our community needs to make critical information and services available.