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Can one climate change scientist change the minds of a roomful of climate change sceptics?

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An Insight special.

Can one climate change scientist change the minds of a roomful of climate change sceptics?
 
In late June Insight recorded this program with internationally renowned climate change scientist Stephen Schneider.
 
A few weeks after we recorded this program, Stephen Schneider died on a flight from Stockholm to London. He was 65 and had been battling a serious illness.
 
Stephen Schneider was a passionate believer that science should engage directly with the public on the issue of climate change.
 
It was in this spirit that he appeared on INSIGHT.
 
He faced a crowd of 52 climate sceptics and they were asking the questions.
 
Watch the debate and find out if anyone changed their mind.


Meet the Guests

  • Stephen Schneider

    The late Stephen Schneider was the Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University. An internationally recognised leader in research on climate change, he served as a consultant on the issue to every U.S. President from Nixon to Obama.
     
    He was actively involved with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change since its inception, and was among the group of scientists to receive the Nobel Prize for their work with the organisation. His commitment to improving public understanding of science through extensive public appearances continued right up until his death in July this year, even once having a regular spot on the Tonight Showwith Johnny Carson. As he notes humourously in his book Science as a Contact Sport, he made 'the ultimate mistake' of going off-script during an interview with Johnny and was subsequently not invited back on to that program.
     

  • Professor David Karoly

    Professor David Karoly is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
     
    He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in 2007. A friend and colleague of the late Professor Stephen Schneider, the two spent many years discussing how best to communicate climate science clearly to the public - both what is known and what is uncertain.
     

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