Why We Disagree About Climate Change : Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity, Paperback

Why We Disagree About Climate Change : Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity Paperback

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Climate change is not 'a problem' waiting for 'a solution'.

It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity's place on Earth.

Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider's account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood.

He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change.

In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an 'issue' or a 'threat', can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world.

Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 428 pages, 2 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Environmental economics
  • ISBN: 9780521727327



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What a marvelous, thought-provoking book.It was not an easy read. I don't mean it because the prose is obscure (though it could be better), but because it demanded from me some mental strength to break out of my own perspective, again and again, to try and see the world as others see it. It required patience and a cool head.But the rewards are significant. Hulme explains the many reasons why humanity disagrees about climate change: why we have different ideas about the role of Nature, about scientific knowledge and technology, about economics, ethics, religion, culture, and politics. Through reading it I came to see why my solutions to climate change turn off or are perceived as problems for others, what could the role of society and government be in addressing the problem, and why some people just don't seem to care. I also came to understand my own views on environmentalism and on our place in the world far better than I used to.This is a complex book, and a strange one --it covers the hairy mess of disciplines and fields of study that converge in climate change. Among many other things it talks about science and myth, about carbon markets and eco-anarchism. It does it all lucidly and convincingly. It's unique, and it's one of the best books I've read.