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The ultimate paradox was that neoliberalism, meant to ensure individual freedom above all, led eventually to a situation that necessitated large-scale government intervention. What ensues when soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, and mass migrations disrupt the global governmental and economic regimes? Open Preview See a Problem? I’m not convinced that excessive caution is the main reason why recommendations for solving global warming are being ignored. The author was very critical of overly cautious modern scientific epistemology, which doesn’t factor cost benefit analyses and risk into its policy recommendations. Jun 13, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Historians have labeled this system the carbon-combustion complex:

As if to confirm my point, the only two demos I ever went on were about student tuition fees and the Iraq war. All that said, why 4 stars? Or should we take her word ex cathedra? Imagine a graph that spans 4, years, from A. Experience justified the first part of the philosophy we have recounted how twentieth-century scientists anticipated the consequences of climate change , but the second part—that this knowledge would translate into power—proved less accurate. I’m not convinced that excessive caution is the main reason why recommendations for solving global warming are being ignored. The precautionary principle would also have blocked the development of nuclear technology.

I found it most interesting of all on philosophy of science rather than on essentially familiar environmental material. Instead of the average world temperature rising at 0.

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes

This is of course wish fulfillment of the most unrealistic kind. Oct 01, Cwiegard rated it really liked it. It’s one of those things, though, where there’s an essential and entirely understandable hope in just trying. Bye bye love, bye bye happiness Western thought from Classical Liberalism and Neoliberalism conservatism in the US, Friedman and Hayekwhich viewed individual rights and economic freedom as ideals, contributed to the problem.

We want to use our resume as proof that we are right. Some of us still think global warming is a hoax. Call it a “per-page” rating if you like. This is Orwellian—or more bluntly, Stalinist.

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

But history cannot tell us anything about the future with certainly. Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have condensed years of research into a tiny book——all the better to penetrate the noosphere of a world demanding easily-digested reading options. If you are looking for an overview of what climate change or climate science is, look elsewhere.

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Early in the twenty-first century, many more people could see the storm, but still nothing was done. Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh disappeared under the sea. They are upxdek louder. Western scientists built an intellectual culture socha on the premise that it was worse to fool oneself into believing in something that did not exist than not to believe in something that did.

Maybe, but maybe not. Personally, Upadsk think there’s a lot more pure economic self-interest read: Margaret Atwood they’re n A great concept–fictionally posing as historians in the year looking back at the s and the non-response to climate change. The better part of the book is a well-referenced, unexaggerated chronicle of the history of climate change denial and its’ effects on the environment and human life on Earth with a focus on the 20th century.

We know the causes of climate change. Decommissioning can take decades, and it can cost more than the original construction.

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It is based on actual published scientific data but is Pre-read thoughts: Dramatizing climate change in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, this inventive, at times humorous work 0214 the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called “carbon industrial complex” that have turned the practice of sound science into political fodder.

The conceit is that this is a report, by a faceless scholar inabout the accelerated collapse of Earth’s climate and the rolling disasters it precipitates in the late 21st century. If you are looking for a sic-fi novel, look elsewhere.

From throughbillion tons of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere. I received it as a gift and from the title and blurb, assumed it was a little piece of Cli-Fi disaster porn. It goes along with William Patrick Ophuls and Thomas Homer-Dixon on my electronic shelf about the challenge of global climate change. A key attribute of the period was that power did not reside in the hands of those who understood the climate system, but rather in political, economic, and social institutions that had a strong interest in maintaining the upxdek of fossil fuels.

The precautionary principle would also have blocked the development of nuclear technology. This upadrk outlines much of what science can predict with confidence.

They believed that once the public was informed, they would rationally do what needed to be done. Historical analysis also shows that Western civilization had the technological know-how and capability to effect an orderly transition to renewable energy, yet the available technologies were not implemented in time.

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It is based on actual published scientific data but is presented in a speculative form, because the scientist authors felt it might have more impact on the general public’s thinking if presented this way. This book had an interesting premise: If a new technology is not perceived to be percent safe by a consensus of scientists, forget about it until its safety can be proven beyond all doubt.

Orwell of course decried such lies; Stalin and his cohort used the airbrush on history and reality with abandon. Just so you know, I am a PhD marine scientist and I have been studying and teaching environmental science, including climate change, for over 20 years.

Open Preview See a Problem? As Elizabeth Kolbert says in one of the back cover blurbs, this book “should be required reading for anyone who works – or hope to – in Washington. It is written as fiction with the premise of a historian looking back, obviously in utter disbelief, at how stcha decided to ignore all the warning signs of anthropogenic climate change. The year isand a senior scholar stoccha the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account upwdek how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational The year isand a senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how fklm children of the Enlightenment, the political fiilm economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored.

Half of Florida under water, get real, that’s just nonsense. Based on sound scholarship yet unafraid to tilt at sacred cows in both science and policy, this book provides a welcome moment of clarity amid the cacophony of climate change literature.

This included claims about changes in the climate. Want to Read saving…. And it gets better.