CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION THAT CLOUDS CLIMATE SCIENCE
By Mat Hope • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 04:31
It was all a bit retro… A BBC radio presenter, looking out the window and seeing it’s (still) hot, and leaning into his microphone to ask “does this mean climate change is real?”
Do not adjust your wireless. This really is the opening question on a segment about climate change. In 2018.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s decision to have climate science denier and UKIP supporter Philip Foster on to debate a (non-climate) scientist about whether or not humans have caused climate change immediately drew much ire.
Foster completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Science at the University of Cambridge before teaching secondary and sixth-form schoolchildren in Nigeria. In 2015, Foster organised anti-climate action events to coincide with the landmark Paris climate conference, at which high-profile climate science deniers including Christopher Monckton appeared.
The furore was largely down to Rupert Read, a philosopher at UEA and former Green party candidate for Cambridge, who is now chair of the Green House thinktank, tweeting that he’d been asked to go on but “said NO” after he was told the show’s plan.