This study wants to prove how politicians surround themselves with adjacent scientists in order to endorse their explanations under a certain scientific point of view, in many cases hard to believe, when they try to explain some decisions politically and socially unacceptable. In order to explain it, we have chosen two ecological disasters: the toxic waste in natural reserve of Doñana, the most important one in southern Europe (April 1998) and the Prestige’s catastrophe (November 2002) the oil waste spilt over Spanish northeast coast.

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How public opinion could be manipulated through science on big ecological disadters

Carlos Elías   Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

This study wants to prove how politicians surround themselves with adjacent scientists in order to endorse their explanations under a certain scientific point of view, in many cases hard to believe, when they try to explain some decisions politically and socially unacceptable. In order to explain it, we have chosen two ecological disasters: the toxic waste in natural reserve of Doñana, the most important one in southern Europe (April 1998) and the Prestige’s catastrophe (November 2002) the oil waste spilt over Spanish northeast coast.

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