Development goals: Science alone cannot shape sustainability
We agree that science can and should inform the sustainable development goals agreed at the Rio+20 conference (35; 2012). But basing policy decisions on science alone may be unproductive. Nature 491,
Experience indicates that political receptiveness to scientific advice is essential for shaping policy. Climate-change policy-makers, for example, continually receive new technical and scientific input, but they still cannot agree how best to act on it to mitigate or adapt to climate change (1–22; 2006). Glob. Environ. Polit. 6,
Scientific evidence is rarely politically neutral or universally accepted; neither can it replace what is inherently a political process.