DDP Climate Change IQ Project

After President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate change accord, various state politicians, most prominently California Governor Jerry Brown, stepped forward to say that their state or city would fight “climate change” on its own. Also, a number of Republican congressmen have joined the Climate Solutions Caucus.

In an effort to spur some critical thinking, DDP has launched the Climate Change IQ Test. We intend to distribute a question of the week for 10 weeks.

You can help by disseminating the questions, posted here and in our Twitter feed, @d4dp. (If you are on Twitter, please follow us!) Use email, social media, or other means of communicating with elected officials, opinion leaders, teachers, or friends. Add you own comments and suggestions.

Here’s a list of “Climate Solutions Caucus” members and their contact information: https://goo.gl/MhLZTo

And here is a copy of the cover letter introducing the Caucus members to our project:

Sept. 11, 2017

To: Members of Climate Solutions Caucus

We appreciate your concern about what a consortium of medical societies, among others, has declared to be the most serious threat to human health.

We recommend that you follow sound scientific procedure in prescribing drastic remedies:

  • Verify diagnosis
  • Evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of proposed treatment
  • Consider adverse effects (Is the treatment worse than the disease?)

We think you will agree that there is a lot of misinformation out there concerning climate change. We are hoping to stimulate a useful discussion and to improve Americans’ scientific literacy. Therefore, we will be sharing with you weekly Climate Change IQ questions (#CCIQ). This will include our, an illustrative figure, a brief discussion, and a few references for further information.

We encourage you to submit the question to your climate change go-to scientists, and share comments or questions with us. It is critical to get this right!

The plan is to send a question of the week for the next 10 weeks. Question #1 is enclosed or attached.

Please feel free to call me personally if you have any questions: (520) 323-3110.

Jane M. Orient, M.D., President

PDF Archive of Climate IQ Questions: https://goo.gl/Nd8B2c

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