Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance

Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance

by Clark A. Miller
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262632195
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/18/2001
Series:
Politics, Science, and the Environment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1Introduction: The Globalization of Climate Science and Climate Politics1
2Representing the Global Atmosphere: Computer Models, Data, and Knowledge about Climate Change31
3Why Atmospheric Modeling Is Good Science67
4Epistemic Lifestyles in Climate Change Modeling107
5The Rise and Fall of Weather Modification: Changes in American Attitudes Toward Technology, Nature, and Society135
6Scientific Internationalism in American Foreign Policy: The Case of Meteorology, 1947-1958167
7Self-Governance and Peer Review in Science-for-Policy: The Case of the IPCC Second Assessment Report219
8Challenges in the Application of Science to Global Affairs: Contingency, Trust, and Moral Order247
9Climate Change and Global Environmental Justice287
10Image and Imagination: The Formation of Global Environmental Consciousness309
References339
Index371

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