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Scientists are losing the competition for the public's attention, writes the Population Institute's Robert Walker at the Huffington Post's Green Blog. When scientists do receive attention, they are often disregarded, or worse. "We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind," Walker writes.

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