When science’s ‘new’ doesn’t match ‘old’
Scientists are increasingly turning to the internet to find answers to questions that used to be academic and to connect with peers, even when those answers are controversial.
The most recent study looked at how science is changing with the advent of the internet.
A study by researchers at the University of New South Wales found that many students in primary schools are not familiar with the science behind climate change.
They found that only 13 per cent of primary school students were able to identify the link between climate change and global warming.
That compares with a much higher percentage of adults.
In the past, the issue of climate change has been controversial.
Climate change was first highlighted in the documentary film, “Climate Hustle.”
“We’re talking about a crisis and we’re talking at the same time about an urgent need to act on climate change,” said Dr Peter Gleick, one of the researchers.
“There’s been a bit of a gap, but we’re now seeing a real change.”
Dr Gleick said students had a natural understanding of the climate change issue.
However, students often struggled to understand how the science could impact them.
It was a challenge to provide an alternative view that was not politically correct or was not grounded in scientific evidence, he said.
There are currently two online courses on climate science that teach students the basic science of climate.
Dr Gleack said students who are not aware of the link would be more likely to dismiss climate change as not happening.
And students would also be less likely to think that climate change is something that should be researched.
“I think they have a lot of misconceptions,” he said