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Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society: An Anthology of Mike Hulme's Essays, Interviews and Speeches,9780415811637

Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society: An Anthology of Mike Hulme's Essays, Interviews and Speeches

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1st
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9780415811637

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0415811635
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Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date:
10/3/2013
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Routledge
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Mike Hulme has been studying climate change for over 30 years - as a student, researcher, educator and public commentator. He is today one of the most distinctive and recognisable voices speaking internationally about climate change in the academy, in public and in the media. During his career his disciplinary affiliations have moved from physical geography to climate science and back to human geography, adopting a variety of different philosophical and analytical perspectives, theories and methods along the way. The argument that he has made powerfully over the last few years is that climate change has to be understood as much as an idea situated in different cultural contexts as it is as a physical phenomenon to be studied through universal scientific practices. Climate change at its core embraces both science and society, both knowledge and culture. Hulme's numerous academic and popular writings have explored what this perspective means for the different ways climate change is studied, narrated, argued over and acted upon. Exploring Climate Change in Science and Societygathers together for the first time a collection of his most popular, prominent and controversial articles, essays, speeches, interviews and reviews dating back to the late 1980s.They reveal an intellectual and personal journey of observation, investigation and reflection on an increasingly complex phenomenon and trace how Hulme has arrived at his current position. They are grouped together in six themes and within each theme are arranged chronologically to reveal changing ideas, evidence and perspectives about climate change. Each themed section is preceded with a brief 500 word introduction, drawing out the main issues examined. The six themes are: Science Researching Controversy Communicating Policy Futures Taken as a collection, these writings reveal the changes in scientific and public understandings of climate change since the late 1980s, as refracted through the mind and expression of one leading academic and public commentator. The material in Exploring Climate Change in Science and Society engages with science, politics, policy, media, ethics, sociology, religion and philosophy. The collection shows the many different ways in which it is necessary to approach the idea of climate change to interpret and make sense of the divergent and discordant voices proclaiming it in the public sphere.


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