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Rapid Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

By: Scott G McNall


Paperback | Feb 2011 | #189809 | ISBN-13: 9780415892032
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The book reviews the science of climate change and explains why it is one of the most difficult problems humanity has ever tackled. Climate change is a "wicked" problem bound up with problems of population growth, environmental degradation, and world problems of growing social and economic inequality. The book explores the politicization of the topic, the polarization of opinion, and the reasons why, for some, science has become just another ideology to be contested. How do humans assess risk? Why are they are so bad at focusing on the future? How can we solve the problem of climate change? These are the questions this work answers.


1. Why is the Earth Getting Warmer and What Difference Does it Make? 2. The Cassandra Problem 3. Calculating the Odds: How We Think about Risk and Climate Change 4. What is the Future Worth?

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Scott G. McNall is the Senior Advisor to the President for Sustainability at California State University, Chico. He was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University and served for three years in that capacity.a He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and has served as provost for 13 years and interim university president for almost one year.

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