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Climate change denial : heads in the sand

Author: Haydn Washington; John Cook, (Climatologist)
Publisher: London : Earthscan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the nature of climate change denial, its history, how we let denial prosper, and how we can roll back denial. It summarises the climate science and explains uncertainty and probability. It also explains the social science behind denial. It contains a detailed examination of the principal climate change denial arguments, from attacks on the integrity of scientists, to impossible expectations of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Haydn Washington; John Cook, (Climatologist)
ISBN: 9781849713351 1849713359 9781849713368 1849713367
OCLC Number: 682903020
Description: xviii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Denial and the nature of science : What is denial? ; Science, uncertainty and the 'preponderance of evidence' --
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 --
The five types of climate change denial argument : Conspiracy theories ; Fake experts ; Impossible expectations ; Misrepresentations and logical fallacies ; Cherry-picking ; Conclusion --
The history of denial : The long history of denial ; Heaven and Earth --
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 --
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? --
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? --
Summary and conclusion --
Appendix: Greenscam and denial groups.
Responsibility: Haydn Washington and John Cook.

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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. Climate change denial is such a case. This book shows how  Read more...

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