Quote of the Day: Bloomberg on The Tragic Lag Between What We Know and What We Do


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at the opening of the World Science Festival:

[There is a] tragic lag between what we know and what we do. For example, in the 1950s, the head of the American Cancer Society and other respected scientists were already linking smoking and cancer. And as early as the 1970s, researchers predicted that increased greenhouse gas production was accelerating global warming, with the potentially catastrophic consequences that are playing out now, all over the world. Yet policy makers failed to heed these warnings. Why? Far too often, it’s because of what I call ‘political science’ – the willingness to disregard or suppress scientific findings when they don’t conform to a pre-determined political agenda.

Full speech via ::Andy Revkin/ dot earth