Don’t say Climate Change: “Its a poisonous term to use”

Watts Up With That?

Sabrina McCormick, Associate Professor, Environment and Occupational Health, George Washington University Sabrina McCormick, Associate Professor, Environment and Occupational Health, George Washington University

EPA funded Sociologist Sabrina McCormick has some advice for city officials trying to push their climate projects past the legislature;

The best way to fight climate change? Don’t call it climate change.

American cities from Boston to Baton Rouge are getting hammered by hurricanes, torrential downpours, and blizzards amped up by climate change. Maybe that’s why Americans are coming around to the idea that the climate is actually changing. But are all the floods, heat waves, and other disasters spurring cities to prepare for our overheated future?

Sabrina McCormick, a sociologist at George Washington University who once investigated how cities cope with disasters for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set out earlier this year to find out. Her study, recently published in the journal Climatic Change, breaks down 65 in-depth interviews with city officials…

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