Climate-Challenged Society by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, David Schlosberg

By John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, David Schlosberg

This publication is an unique, available, and thought-provoking creation to the critical and broad-ranging demanding situations that weather switch provides and the way societies can reply. It synthesizes and deploys state-of-the-art scholarship at the diversity of social, monetary, political, and philosophical matters surrounding weather swap. The therapy is introductory, however the publication is written “with attitude”, for no one has but charted in coherent, integrative, and powerful model how to stream societies past their present paralysis as they face the demanding situations of weather change.

The assurance starts off with an exam of technological know-how, public opinion, and coverage making, with particular recognition to equipped weather switch denial. The e-book then strikes to monetary research and its limits; other kinds of rules; weather justice; governance in any respect degrees from the neighborhood to the worldwide; and the problem of an rising “Anthropocene” during which the more often than not accidental outcomes of human motion force the earth procedure right into a extra chaotic and risky period. the belief considers the clients for basic transition in rules, events, economics, and governance.

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Charles Keeling began monitoring atmospheric CO2 on Mount Mauna Loa in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1958, providing strong evidence that CO2 levels were rising. In 1965 the Science Advisory Committee to the US president raised the specter of changes in the climate appearing by 2000. Climate science gradually grew in extent and prominence, aided by advances in satellite monitoring and computing power. indd 20 10/1/2013 9:24:51 PM Constructing Science and Dealing with Denial Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the US Senate that global warming had arrived.

Indd 28 10/1/2013 9:24:52 PM Constructing Science and Dealing with Denial promised it could do a better job.  6–7). Science’s challenge to religion was ameliorated for centuries through a division of labor: science would develop a consistent and coherent explanation of the world around us, while religion would deal with ethics and meaning. Yet some people still found religious explanations of reality more complete and comforting. And with time, scientific explanations of how things fit together became increasingly fragmented, complex, filled with uncertainties, and, crucially, beyond the grasp of individuals, even highly trained individual scientists.

The science per se would of course continue to be the preserve of scientists. But publics can enter in setting the agenda for the questions that science needs to answer, deciding what problems merit attention, interpreting the significance of findings, integrating scientific knowledge with lay concerns, and recommending policies. This kind of process already occurs on some issues in some jurisdictions, under headings such as participatory technology assessment. Several projects have been undertaken on climate change; for example, the Alberta Climate Dialogue organized in 2010–2015, involving extensive face-toface citizen deliberation on the province’s climate change policy, including the controversial (highly inefficient in terms of net energy produced) extraction of oil from tar sands.

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