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Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- And What It Means for Our Future

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From the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life.
In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and
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Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 3rd 2014)
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John
Subtitled "Why the struggle against climate change failed, and what it means for our future", this is not a feel-good story about international efforts to stabilize the climate. Instead, Jamieson tells the story of the period from the Rio Earth Summit (1992) to the Copenhagen conference (2009) as a tragedy: a narrative that, starting with high hopes, has now, thanks to the flaws and mixed motives of the participants, ended by "locking in" a level of global warming above the threshold that they ...more
Justin Powell
Dale Jamieson attempts to cover a lot of ground in a very short amount of time. He packs in tons of notes at the bottom of each page. This is not at all a feel good story and it most likely will not leave you in too great of a mood afterwards. Explaining and detailing the messy history of responses to climate change, or lack of is a depressing tale. While I think there was much that was brought up that could have been expanded on; especially the topic of morality, I do think he did a good job ov ...more
Jenny
Dale Jamieson coherently covers a lot of ground in this book and has many good footnotes. He explains the history of climate change politics and economics well, but his consideration of the causes and of climate change philosophy differentiate it from others in the climate policy field.

I especially liked Jamieson's mention of the role of science in US society. He notes the gulf in perspective between scientists and public policy makers caused by the requirements for "success" in their fields (6
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David
Sep 14, 2014 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Good and concise look at how international policy efforts have failed to "solve" the climate change problem. Here are some of my favorite parts:

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"In many ways the first part of the story is unexceptional. The development of climate science has been similar to the development of other sciences: incremental contributions from many people, punctuated by occasional new insights and perspective, often enabled by the applications of innovative technologies.
In some ways the secon
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“Research has shown that frequent viewers of Fox News, a network that writes skepticism about climate change into its scripts, are less likely to accept the scientific consensus than those who do not watch Fox News.” 0 likes
“[w]e should not think that we can do enough simply by buying fuel-efficient cars, insulating our houses, and setting up a windmill to make our own electricity. That is all wonderful, but it does little or nothing to stop global warming and also does not fulfill our real moral obligations, which are to get governments to do their job to prevent the disaster of excessive global warming.” 0 likes
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