Top scientists pen letter urging government to pay more attention to climate science

December 6, 2018

Three of Canada’s top environmental scientists have penned a letter urging the federal government to take climate science more seriously, reports the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.  William Peltier, head of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Global Change Science; John Smol, a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change at Queen’s University; and David Schindler, Prominent Ecologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, state that the “overall effect [of climate change] on the economy and the environment will be as devastating as a slow-moving international war.” The letter also calls on scientists to better educate laypeople about climate change, a move that it says might seem counterintuitive in a discipline founded on neutrality and which values technical publications over public engagement. Saskatoon StarPhoenix (National)