176 pages, illustrations, graphs, index
Climate change may have begun as a scientific issue, but it is also a political issue, a manifestation of the problems associated with modernization, industrialism, capitalism and globalization. The climate change debate raises questions about whether global consensus or cooperation about the environment (or anything else) is possible, how the environment fits into and underlies the current ways people live their lives, and what counts as knowledge within the world system. As the world moves into a new era of international climate negotiations and increasing public awareness, understanding the complex debates and disagreements becomes ever more crucial so that ways forward can be found.
"Debating Climate Change" uses an innovative approach to the climate change debate - combined discourse and social network analyses - to examine how we talk about the issue in both scientific and non-scientific ways. Analyzing 100 documents from top level climate scientists and international negotiators to energy company perspectives in the mass media, Elizabeth L. Malone illuminates all sides of the debate and finds agreement between varied and seemingly opposed parties. She then shows how we can build upon these areas of agreement to tackle climate change.
Written in a clear, accessible style, this original research and insightful use of communication analysis will help advance understanding and negotiation on climate change throughout the pivotal times to come.
'As climate change has moved from the science pages to the front page of the world's newspapers, this very timely book makes sense of the current debates in climate policy. With admirable rigour Elizabeth L. Malone demonstrates that despite the diversity of arguments, all is not yet lost and agreement is in reach.' Dr Richard J.T. Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute 'Climate change calls for new engagement across partisan, disciplinary, and institutional divides. Elizabeth Malone's important new book helps us better understand these fault lines and find ways to bring people and ideas together.' Barry Rabe, Professor, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan 'The book is well written and takes the reader gradually through the analytical process...This is an interesting read for all those interested in the climate change debate' Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
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