192 pages, b/w illustrations
Climate-Challenged Society is an original, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to the severe and broad-ranging challenges that climate change presents and how societies can respond. It synthesizes and deploys cutting-edge scholarship on the range of social, economic, political, and philosophical issues surrounding climate change. The treatment is introductory, but Climate-Challenged Society is written "with attitude", for nobody has yet charted in coherent, integrative, and effective fashion a way to move societies beyond their current paralysis as they face the challenges of climate change.
The coverage begins with an examination of science, public opinion, and policy making, with special attention to organized climate change denial. Climate-Challenged Society then moves to economic analysis and its limits; different kinds of policies; climate justice; governance at all levels from the local to the global; and the challenge of an emerging "Anthropocene" in which the mostly unintended consequences of human action drive the earth system into a more chaotic and unstable era. The conclusion considers the prospects for fundamental transition in ideas, movements, economics, and governance.
"It is a highly readable ride around the political, economic and social conundrums posed by the biggest challenge face by humanity."
– Peter Ainsworth, Resurgence
1. Climate's Challenges
2. Constructing Science and Dealing with Denial
3. The Costs of Inaction and the Limits of Economics
4. Actions that Promise and Practices that Fall Short
5. What's Just?
7. The Anthropocene
8. Transition, Resilience, and Reconstruction
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John S. Dryzek is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of Political Science in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He is the author of a number of books on democracy and environmental politics.
Richard B. Norgaard is Professor of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an eclectic ecological economist.
David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney. His work focuses on environmental political theory, environmental justice, and environmental movements.