Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance

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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.

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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.

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Paul N. Edwards, Dale Jamieson, Sheila Jasanoff, Chunglin Kwa, Clark Miller, Stephen D. Norton, Stephen H. Schneider, Simon Shackley, Frederick Suppe.

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"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

The MIT Press

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Meet the Author

Clark Miller is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in Political Science and the
Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Paul N. Edwards is Professor in the School of Information and the Department of History at the
University of Michigan. He is the author of The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of
Discourse in Cold War America
(1996) and a coeditor (with Clark Miller) of
Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (2001),
both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction: The Globalization of Climate Science and Climate Politics 1
2 Representing the Global Atmosphere: Computer Models, Data, and Knowledge about Climate Change 31
3 Why Atmospheric Modeling Is Good Science 67
4 Epistemic Lifestyles in Climate Change Modeling 107
5 The Rise and Fall of Weather Modification: Changes in American Attitudes Toward Technology, Nature, and Society 135
6 Scientific Internationalism in American Foreign Policy: The Case of Meteorology, 1947-1958 167
7 Self-Governance and Peer Review in Science-for-Policy: The Case of the IPCC Second Assessment Report 219
8 Challenges in the Application of Science to Global Affairs: Contingency, Trust, and Moral Order 247
9 Climate Change and Global Environmental Justice 287
10 Image and Imagination: The Formation of Global Environmental Consciousness 309
References 339
Index 371
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