Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Pseudo-science in the Climate Change Debate

Speaker: Nick Ware

Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013

Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Location: CSIRO Discovery Centre, North Science Road, Acton ACT

Free Admission

Anthropogenic climate change has been debated in scientific circles for at least 150 years but it was not until 1979, with the publication of the Charney report, that it became politicised.

Today, the findings of mainstream science are discussed by alarmists, activists, sceptics (as opposed to skeptics) and deniers.  It is not surprising that much pseudo-science has taken hold in the conversation, not only in the pub and at the barbeque but also in the boardroom and party room.

This talk will attempt to explain the pseudo-scientific methods used by the protagonists in the debate to advance their causes.

Nick Ware worked for 40 years as an electron microscopist and microanalyst dealing mainly with research in the earth sciences.  As curator of the meteorite collection at the ANU and listed as such in the periodicals, he had to deal with a steady correspondence of earnest pseudo-science.  He became interested in climate change when the topic came up in the weekly current affairs class at his school in 1960.


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There will be a networking function following the lecture.  This will be held in King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic.