Naomi Oreskes is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

She is one of the world’s foremost historians of science. Her research field is consensus and dissent in science. Her work shows the discrepancy between the state of current scientific debate and the way this is portrayed in the mass media of the USA and perceived there.

Her best known essay is “Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change”, published in December 2004 in the journal Science that was quoted from in Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Along with Erik Conway, she is co-author of the definitive work “The Merchants of Doubt” (2010) on the roots of climate scepticism. This draws notable parallels between the debate on climate change and the controversy surrounding smoking tobacco, acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer. The authors argue that raising doubt and causing confusion was in all instances the essential strategy of those who rejected the use of corrective measures.

ON THE ORCHESTRATION OF CLIMATE SCEPTICISM

Answers by NAOMI ORESKES

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