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Climate Change Denial Heads in the Sand

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ISBN-10: 1849713367

ISBN-13: 9781849713368

Edition: 2011

Authors: Haydn Washington, John Cook

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Earthscan
Publication date: 4/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Dr Haydn Washington is an environmental scientist of 35 years experience. Originally a plant ecologist, he worked in CSIRO on heavy metal pollution for 7 years and did his M.Sc in that field. He later did his PhD 'The Wilderness Knot' in social ecology, looking at the tangled meanings (and denial) around wilderness. He has worked extensively on environmental and sustainability issues. This is his fourth book on environmental issues, and he has been researching climate change since his 1991 book 'Ecosolutions'. John Cook studied physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. After graduating, he majored in solar physics in his post-grad honours year. His interest in climate science…    

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Denial and the Nature of Science
What is denial?
Science, uncertainty and the 'preponderance of evidence'
Climate Science
Probability
'Forcing'
Natural and human-caused greenhouse effect
The carbon cycle
Modelling
Feedback
Runaway climate change
Is there a safe level of CO<sub>2</sub>?
The spinning 'greenhouse gamble' roulette wheel
So what? Is there really a problem?
Scientific and ethical disconnects
The Five Types of Climate Change Denial Argument
Conspiracy theories
Fake experts
Impossible expectations
Misrepresentations and logical fallacies
Cherry-picking
Conclusion
The History of Denial
The long history of denial
Heaven and Earth
Do We Let Denial Prosper?
Fear of change
Failure in values
Fixation on economics and society
Ignorance of ecology and exponential growth
Gambling on the future
The media
Despair, apathy and confusion
Denial within our governments
Psychological types of denial
Rolling Back Denial: The Big Picture
Because we let it
What stops us accepting reality?
Population
The 'tragedy of the commons' continues
How do you go about solving climate change?
Rolling Back Denial: The Technological Solutions
Technologies - appropriate and inappropriate
Renewable energy
Is nuclear power the way out?
Is carbon capture and storage the solution?
Summary and Conclusion
Summary
Conclusion
Appendix: Greenscam and denial groups
Index