Jamieson Speaks at AAAS on Bias, Credibility, and Communicating Science

Climate scientists inadvertently support the idea that they are partisans when they do not account for “inconvenient evidence,” Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), told scientists and journalists gathered last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, Calif.

Speaking at a Feb. 12 AAAS panel, Jamieson presented several examples of climate reports by prominent scientific groups, including the AAAS, that ignored or downplayed evidence from 2013 showing that the extent of Arctic sea ice had increased when compared with 2012. Although the level in 2013 was part of a clear 35-year downward trend, some 2014 scientific publications chose to ignore it, which she called “a strategic mistake.”

See the full report on her remarks at the APPC website.