Stephen H. Schneider has tried to bring reason into the world for several decades. In the face of open hostility, vested interests and outright disbelief he remained steadfast as a river stone. The original citizen scientist, his work as a Standford University climate scientist constituted only half of his burden. The other half was spent as a mouthpiece for rationality and the scientific method. In his role as a public communicator of climate science he argued for decisive action on climate change based on reason and probability. His efforts won him a joint Nobel prize, shared with Al Gore. He deplored the chasm between climate science and public opinion that so often leads to black and white decision making and the simplification of complex issues. His loss is a significant one, for a sustainable future and for the planet. Nature has lost one of her spokesmen, and we can only hope that there will be more scientists to answer his call and step up into the limelight for rational policymaking.
His publications include: ‘The Coevolution of Climate and Life’, ‘Science as a Contact Sport’ (the story of his life as a climate warrior) and ‘Patient From Hell’ (his story of his fight with cancer. He compares his struggle with cancer to dealing with climate change: his treatment plan, like climate policy, can only be based on predictions and probability and with such high stakes).
See his website ‘mediarology’ for his ideas on communicating climate science as well as a huge archive of publications, articles and reports on climate change, including his own. ‘