Stephen Schneider, RIP

In February, at the AAAS meetings in San Diego, Stephen Schneider gave a gangbuster talk about climate change denial. Schneider was energetic, feisty, and absolutely right about the challenges faced by scientists trying to talk to the media. NCSE’s Genie Scott, a fellow panelist, came away deeply impressed, and she knows more than most about giving a good presentation on how scientists should react to science denial. Little wonder, since Schneider has been at the heart of research on global warming since the early 1970s, and has recognized for just as long that the science is not enough.

His scientific memoir – Science as a Contact Sport – is full of the energy he displayed on stage, and provides great background on the ways scientists, policymakers, and the press have been working together and at odds throughout the lifetime of this political issue. Schneider was a forceful and effective advocate for policies that would slow or stop global warming, as well as a committed researcher on the causes and consequences of global warming, and even on the sociology of climate change denialism.

He died last night at the age of 65. His life’s work, both as a scientist and as a policy advocate, will be carried on by his students and by the many people he touched through his tireless efforts. He will be missed.

Comments

  1. #1 Meme Mine
    July 20, 2010

    And Stephen Schneider was to environMENTALism what Bernie Madoff was to finance and trust. This fear monger tried to scare my kids by denying them futures with his CO2 mistake that convinced my kids that they were going to die an unspeakable death on a dead planet from SUV gas. Nice guy?
    The UN had allowed carbon trading to trump 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education. Nice job Steve.
    Steve allowed respectable science to be viewed by the public as silly disco science that history is already making jokes about. Now scientists are viewed with the same respect as we give politicians and alter boy abusing priests, scam artists and bad cops. Nice job Steve.
    And to all you fading doomers out there, Carl Sagan predicted a nuclear winter from the first Gulf War. Oops? Nice job Steve!
    Steve’s legacy is that climate change was the Iraq War of disco science and enviornMENTALism pushed by the neocons of science with their climate change WMD’s.
    If this fella had gotten his way, climate change would have dragged us down to a new Dark Age of fearing the unknown with the superstition of climate change and glowbull dooming.

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