MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel has made it a personal mission to speak publicly about climate change. He felt a new and surprising duty to speak up after the scientific issue became politicized in the United States. In fact, political identity is the number one indicator of whether or not an American agrees with the irrefutable science of climate change.
“The only remedy I can see is for scientists to make more effort to inform the public with hard evidence, presented in an easily digestible but accurate way,” says Emanuel, who is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. “Fortunately, more and more scientists are stepping up to this challenge.”