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Changing the Atmosphere : Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance - Clark A. Miller

Changing the Atmosphere

Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance

By: Clark A. Miller (Editor), Paul N. Edwards (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th July 2001
ISBN: 9780262632195
Number Of Pages: 398
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In recent years, Earth systems science has advanced rapidly, helping to transform climate change and other planetary risks into major political issues. "Changing the Atmosphere" strengthens our understanding of this important link between expert knowledge and environmental governance. In so doing, it illustrates how the emerging field of science and technology studies can inform our understanding of the human dimensions of global environmental change. Incorporating historical, sociological, and philosophical approaches, "Changing the Atmosphere" presents detailed empirical studies of climate science and its uptake into public policy. Topics include the scientific, political, and social processes involved in the creation of scientific knowledge about climate change; the historical and contemporary role of expert knowledge in creating and perpetuating policy concern about climate change; and the place of science in institutions of global environmental governance such as the World Meteorological Organization, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Together, the essays demonstrate fundamental connections between the science and politics of planet Earth. In the struggle to create sustainable forms of environmental governance, they indicate, a necessary first step is to understand how communities achieve credible, authoritative representations of nature. Contributors: Paul N. Edwards, Dale Jamieson, Sheila Jasanoff, Chunglin Kwa, Clark Miller, Stephen D. Norton, Stephen H. Schneider, Simon Shackley, Frederick Suppe.

"This is a timely and well-done volume that delivers what the title promises: a study of how expert knowledge and global environmental governance interact in dealing with anthopogenic changes of the atmosphere."--Carlo C. Jaeger, Head, Social Systems Department, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Series Foreword
Introduction: The Globalization of Climate Science and Climate Politicsp. 1
Representing the Global Atmosphere: Computer Models, Data, and Knowledge about Climate Changep. 31
Why Atmospheric Modeling Is Good Sciencep. 67
Epistemic Lifestyles in Climate Change Modelingp. 107
The Rise and Fall of Weather Modification: Changes in American Attitudes Toward Technology, Nature, and Societyp. 135
Scientific Internationalism in American Foreign Policy: The Case of Meteorology, 1947-1958p. 167
Self-Governance and Peer Review in Science-for-Policy: The Case of the IPCC Second Assessment Reportp. 219
Challenges in the Application of Science to Global Affairs: Contingency, Trust, and Moral Orderp. 247
Climate Change and Global Environmental Justicep. 287
Image and Imagination: The Formation of Global Environmental Consciousnessp. 309
Referencesp. 339
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780262632195
ISBN-10: 0262632195
Series: Politics, Science, and the Environment
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 27th July 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 21.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57