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But that is so far from the truth that it's absurd as a recent poll among climate experts and scientists clearly show. The poll conducted by the Guardian during the scientific conference in Copenhagen earlier this year shows that 9 out of 10 climate experts donâ€™t believe we will be able to restrict climate change to 2C:
The poll shows that climate experts are not exaggerating the effects of global warming but that they are actually downplaying and toning down their research in an attempt to avoid despair and inaction among the public.
And this is a bit tricky. I agree that if people begin to think that itâ€™s over and nothing can be done to halt man-made climate change inaction and hopelessness would most likely prevail. But toning down the science is not the way to go. Political leaders and people around the world needs to know the real size and dangers of the climate crisis. How else would we be able to gain public and political support for the actions that are needed to solve the crisis?
Just like James Randerson, the Guardianâ€™s environment website editor and top UK science journalist, says:
George Monbiot , Europeâ€™s leading green commentator, said a few weeks ago that it was all over but argued we canâ€™t afford to abandon our efforts to cut emissions. Because then "our prophecy is bound to come true".
With todayâ€™s political inaction the climate experts are correct that itâ€™s over. But with real efforts to curb our emissions we can manage to stabilize the climate at a reasonable and safe level. As Climate Progress writes:
What do you think? Is it right or wrong to downplay the climate science to avoid despair and inaction among the public?