Climate scientists grapple with uncertainty (though not the kind you think)

Friday, Oct 21, 2011

Washington Post article: What do you do when there’s a small but real chance that global warming could lead to a catastrophe? How do you talk about that in a way that’s useful to policymakers? “This is something we’ve struggled with a lot over the years,” says Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences at Princeton University. And as the world’s climatologists get started on the next big assessment of climate science — due in 2013 — figuring out how to talk about what they’re unsure of has taken on renewed urgency.