Climate Change Science – That Hollywood Touch
The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was intended to put the climate change debate to rest. After all, it was supposed to provide irrefutable evidence of global warming. Instead, some errors in methodology and data have reinvigorated the opposition. What’s a beleaguered global warming scientist to do? How about a new approach, such as one with a ‘Hollywood touch’?
Some in the general scientific community see the erosion of public confidence in global warming science spilling over to other branches of science as well. Because of this, many scientists recognize that there needs to be a new approach to disseminating scientific information. One solution is re-packaging of scientific information into a more consumer-palatable medium, such as film. Who better than Hollywood to help scientists get an enthusiastic audience?
At least two science organizations agree. The American Association for the Advancement of Science announced plans to 'go Hollywood' at their convention last month. And the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) wants to partner with the University of Southern California film schools.
If the Hollywood touch can do for global warming science what Jurassic Park did for cloning and DNA, these beleaguered scientists will be happy campers indeed.