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Should Scientists go on strike over climate change?

Should Scientists go on strike over climate change? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"So at this point it’s absurd to keep asking the scientific community to churn out more reports. In fact, it might almost be more useful if they went on strike: until you pay attention to what we’ve already told you, we won’t be telling you more.”

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Not a bad idea, but will scientists have the guts to speak out (except for a few exceptions).

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EU unveils giant research funding programme | EurActiv

EU unveils giant research funding programme | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The European Commission presented today (30 November) its €80-billion research funding programme for the decade - Horizon 2020 - with the aim of boosting research, stimulating innovation and simplifying the way scientists and smaller businesses can get funding for EU-backed projects.

 

The EU's research funding has a new name. Will it also have a new finality and bring innovative solutions for the big sustainability challenges or will it remain the "client-binding" programme it has always been with lots of great research but no relevance for policymaking.

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Een andere wetenschap is mogelijk! Een pleidooi voor slow science

Een andere wetenschap is mogelijk! Een pleidooi voor slow science | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Absolutely brilliant lecture by Belgian philosopher Isabelle Stengers on the need for "slow science". Unfortunately only in Dutch but would deserve full English and French translation. (Source: De Wereld Morgen).

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When politicians distort science | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Recently, presidential candidate Rick Perry made misstatements not only about climate science -- but the scientists behind the science. How should scientists respond to such distortions?

 

So much for science-based policy-making. It is not too difficult too predict that more scientific facts on the unsustainability of our economic model will be denied because they do not fit into the narrative of the establishment.

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