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Two well-known personalities in the world of climate change science are in Auckland this month. Naomi Oreskes, Co-author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

And James Hansen Author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.

Oreskes will give the Michael King Memorial Lecture at the 2011 Auckland Readers and Writers Festival on May 14.

THE MICHAEL KING MEMORIAL LECTURE

Naomi Oreskes

’Doubt is our product,’ ran the infamous memo written by one tobacco industry executive in 1969, ’since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public.’ There’s no denying ’doubt’ is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and scientists, vulnerable to misrepresentation. Naomi Oreskes co-wrote Merchants of Doubt with Erik Conway: an important and absorbing history of a group of high-level US scientists and advisers with deep connections in politics and industry. The same individuals surface repeatedly: claiming that the science of global warming is “not settled”, denying the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. We are honoured to have Naomi Oreskes give the Michael King Memorial Lecture, with an introduction by the Science Editor of the New York Times Barbara Strauch.

Event Details

Date: 14 May

Time: 01:00 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.

Venue: ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE

Category: SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

via 28 NAOMI ORESKES AND THE MERCHANTS OF DOUBT – Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

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James Hansen tours New Zealand

James Hansen (Credit: Guardian)

James Hansen is touring New Zealand this month, giving a public lecture entitled ’Climate Change: a scientific, moral and legal issue’ in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Dunedin, Gore and Christchurch.

Coal and lignite will be a major focus of his visit, and he’ll be participating in a symposium on ’the future of coal’ in Wellington on May 17th.

Hansen’s tour is being sponsored by a number of groups, including 350.org, Greenpeace, Organic Systems NZ, Oxfam, The Pure Advantage, the Institute of Policy Studies, and a number of interested academics and individuals.

Auckland Public Talk: ’Climate Change: a scientific, moral and legal issue’

When: Thu 12 May, 6:00pm — 8:00pm

Where:  University of Auckland School of Business, 12 Grafton Rd, Grafton Show map

Tickets: Free Admission

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