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Climate Change Denial : Heads in the Sand.

Author: Haydn Washington
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012.
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Humans have always used denial. When we are afraid, guilty, confused, or when something interferes with our self-image, we tend to deny it. Yet denial is a delusion. When it impacts on the health of oneself, or society, or the world it becomes a pathology. Climate change denial is such a case. Paradoxically, as the climate science has become more certain, denial about the issue has increased. The paradox lies in the  Read more...
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Washington, Haydn.
Climate Change Denial : Heads in the Sand.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Haydn Washington
ISBN: 9781136530050 1136530053
OCLC Number: 815973237
Description: 1 online resource (193 pages)
Contents: Climate Change DenialHeads in the Sand; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1 Denial and the Nature of Science; What is denial?; Science, uncertainty and the 'preponderance of evidence'; 2 Climate Science; Probability; 'Forcing'; Natural and human-caused greenhouse effect; The carbon cycle; Modelling; Feedback; Runaway climate change; Is there a safe level of CO2?; The spinning 'greenhouse gamble' roulette wheel; So what? Is there really a problem?; Scientific and ethical disconnects; 3 The Five Types of Climate Change Denial Argument; Conspiracy theories. Fake expertsImpossible expectations; Misrepresentations and logical fallacies; Cherry-picking; Conclusion; 4 The History of Denial; The long history of denial; Heaven and Earth; 5 Do We Let Denial Prosper?; Fear of change; Failure in values; Fixation on economics and society; Ignorance of ecology and exponential growth; Gambling on the future; The media; Despair, apathy and confusion; Denial within our governments; Psychological types of denial; 6 Rolling Back Denial: The Big Picture; Because we let it; What stops us accepting reality?; Population; The 'tragedy of the commons' continues. How do you go about solving climate change?7 Rolling Back Denial: The Technological Solutions; Technologies --
appropriate and inappropriate; Renewable energy; Is nuclear power the way out?; Is carbon capture and storage the solution?; 8 Summary and Conclusion; Summary; Conclusion; Appendix: Greenscam and denial groups; Index.

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Humans have always used denial. When we are afraid, guilty, confused, or when something interferes with our self-image, we tend to deny it. Yet denial is a delusion. When it impacts on the health of oneself, or society, or the world it becomes a pathology. Climate change denial is such a case. Paradoxically, as the climate science has become more certain, denial about the issue has increased. The paradox lies in the denial. There is a denial industry funded by the fossil fuel companies that literally denies the science, and seeks to confuse the public. There is denial within governments, where.

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