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Climate and Society: Transforming the Future

Climate and Society: Transforming the Future

by Robin Leichenko, Karen O'Brien


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This bold and important new book presents current and emerging thinking on the social dimensions of climate change. Using clear language and powerful examples, it introduces key concepts and frameworks for understanding the multifaceted connections between climate and society.

Robin Leichenko and Karen O’Brien frame climate change as a social issue that calls for integrative approaches to research, policy, and action. They explore dominant and relevant discourses on the social drivers and impacts of climate change, highlighting the important roles that worldviews and beliefs play in shaping responses to climate challenges. Situating climate change within the context of a rapidly changing world, the book demonstrates how dynamic political, economic, and environmental contexts amplify risks yet also present opportunities for transformative responses.

Aimed at undergraduate students and others concerned with a critical challenge of our time, this informative and engaging book empowers readers with a range of possibilities for equitable and sustainable transformations in a changing climate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745684390
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 817,754
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robin Leichenko is Professor of Geography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Karen O’Brien is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. The Social Challenge of Climate Change
  • Chapter 2. Scientific Evidence of Climate Change
  • Chapter 3. Climate Change Discourses
  • Chapter 4. Worldviews, Beliefs and Emotions
  • Chapter 5. The Social Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Chapter 6. A World of Energy
  • Chapter 7. Climate Change Impacts
  • Chapter 8. Vulnerability and Human Security
  • Chapter 9. Adapting to a Changing Climate
  • Chapter 10. Transforming the Future

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