Climate change research is a serious topic of concern which has caused various debates as well as discussions around the globe and with respect to this it is crucial that the general public also becomes aware of the particular phenomenon so that collective measures can be adopted in order to ensure that the climate of the planet and the related arguments can be resolved (Füssel, 2007). However, the public often fails to understand the climate change research and for this reason the given essay will analyze the different reasons why public fails to understand climate change research and will support the statements by different examples.
The first reason why the public fails to understand the climate change research is because of the jargon terms used during the research procedure. Very often various researches scientific means and terms for their explanation of the problem and it is for this reason that the public fails to understand the research which is generally conducted in the domain of climate change. For instance, a term like anthropogenic climate change will be difficult for a member of a public to understand. This term means a manmade phenomenon of climate change but the public may not be aware of it (Moss et al., 2010). Another example of the same issue can be given like the jargon term, Carbon sequestration which simply means strong of carbon dioxide, the use of which in reports is made very often.
Another reason, why the climate change research is difficult for the people to understand is that the media exposure on the given research is quite limited in nature. The media does not reflect any stories or any ongoing conferences in this regard and for this, there has been a lack of understanding on the side of the different public members and communities. For examples, media channels like BBC, Reuters and the Statesman often fail to portray information on these researches.
Moreover, with respect to the developing countries and the underdeveloped countries, there seems to exist a low literacy rate and low levels of research on the topic which makes it impossible for the different members of the public to understand the importance of the topic related to climate change and the related research on the same. For example countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries, fail to understand the importance of the research and engage in methods supporting the change. Along with this as stated by Melillo, Richmond and Yohe (2014), another reason why the public fails to understand the research of climate change is due to a lack of interest. Various business houses and their commercial activities are a reason why the climate change has been pacing at an exuberant rate, however, because of the selfish profit motive of the members, they often oversee the research which takes place in regard to these topics. For instance, companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and chevron are among the highest emitters of carbon leading to a change in climate for their personal motive (Theguardian.com. , 2018).
Hence, it can be stated that the failure to understand climate change research can be contributed to various reasons, which have been discussed in the given essay along with adequate examples. The essay discussed that the inability of the individuals to understand the jargon terms, lack of awareness and the lack of exposure from media were some of the primary reasons. Moreover, the businesses continue to engage in their selfish motives without taking a stand stands as a barrier for the people to understand the need for climate change research.
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