October 14, 2015

Eco Ruh Roh

An "unfortunate truth" happened on the way to proving anthropogenic global warming "believers" are more likely to take actions to mitigate wildfire in the UFI (urban-forest interface) - scientists proved the opposite.

Respondents in the study were placed on a continuum from 'believer' to 'skeptic' based on their attitudes about the degree to which climate change affects wildfire risk in Colorado. Although over half of the study respondents agreed that climate change has increased wildfire risk in the state, those respondents were not necessarily more likely to take action on their private property to mitigate potential damage from future blazes.

The researchers did, however, find a correlation between climate change denial and risk mitigation actions.

"A small but distinct portion of respondents who reject climate science as a 'hoax' are also the ones who reported doing significantly more risk mitigation activities than other respondents," said Hannah Brenkert-Smith, a research associate in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study.

The findings suggest that attitudes and actions related to climate change and risk mitigation are more nuanced than they are often portrayed in the media, and that focusing on locally relevant hazards may be a more useful tool for educating and galvanizing residents in fire-prone areas of Colorado.

"The conventional wisdom that a belief about climate change is a pre-requisite for mitigating local climate change impacts was not found in this analysis," said study co-author Patricia Champ of the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station. "This was a bit of a surprise."

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

I'm proud of my alma mater for publishing this study report, showing that their "conventional wisdom" is anything but.

Colorado Deleterious Anthropogenic Warming of the Globe Science Posted by JohnGalt at October 14, 2015 2:52 PM

Sacre bleu!

Posted by: jk at October 14, 2015 5:11 PM

I also caught the story about the French weatherman. Proof positive that Dylan was right: you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Or to quote a famous fictional French character who understood the connection between weather and political expediency: "I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 14, 2015 5:55 PM

Did anyone else catch the other curiosity from the CU paper?

Respondents in the study were placed on a continuum from 'believer' to 'skeptic' ...

We've been media-conditioned to react to the 'skeptic' negatively. But as we learned from UC Berkeley yesterday, science relies on a balance between skepticism and openness to new ideas." And do the supposedly scientific-minded warmists, who disparage religionists, really want to be known as 'believers?'

Posted by: johngalt at October 14, 2015 6:28 PM | What do you think? [3]