- List of Contributors
- Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses
- A Truly Complex and Diabolical Policy Problem
- The Nature of the Problem
- The Poverty of Climate Economics
- The Development of the Concept of Dangerous Anthropogenic Climate Change
- Voices of Vulnerability: The Reconfiguration of Policy Discourses
- The Physical Sciences and Climate Politics
- Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Climate Science and Global Civic Epistemology
- Organized Climate Change Denial
- Communicating Climate Change: Closing the Science‐Action Gap
- Economic Estimates of the Damages Caused by Climate Change
- Weighing Climate Futures: A Critical Review of the Application of Economic Valuation
- Global Change Vulnerability Assessments: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Health Hazards
- Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Losses
- Climate Change and ‘Security’
- Human Security
- Climate Refugees and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories, and Contestations
- From Efficiency to Justice: Utility as the Informational Basis of Climate Strategies, and Some Alternatives
- Climate Justice
- International Justice
- Intergenerational Justice
- Public Opinion and Participation
- Social Movements and Global Civil Society
- Translocal Climate Justice Solidarities
- Climate Denial: Emotion, Psychology, Culture, and Political Economy
- The Role of Religions in Activism
- Comparing State Responses
- Climate Change Politics in an Authoritarian State: The Ambivalent Case of China
- Cities and Subnational Governments
- Issues of Scale in Climate Governance
- Decarbonizing the Welfare State
- Discourses of the Global South
- Economic Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Policy Instruments in Practice
- Carbon Trading: A Critique
- Redesigning Energy Systems
- Corporate Responses
- Is Green Consumption Part of the Solution?
- Selling Carbon: From International Climate Regime to Global Carbon Market
- Improving the Performance of the Climate Regime: Insights from Regime Analysis
- Reconceptualizing Global Governance
- The Role of International Law in Global Governance
- The Democratic Legitimacy of Global Governance after Copenhagen
- New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses the physic-ness of climate science. It features three main sections. In Section 2, the article discusses the historical development of the concept of climate leading from an anthropocentric view to a strictly physical world-view, and one that is now moving once again towards a more anthropocentric view — this time concerning not only the impacts but also the drivers. In Section 3, the text discusses a series of physical issues, from modeling, over parameterizations, the impossibility of experimentation, and data problems. In Section 4, the article introduces the concept of ‘post-normal’ science, which is related to high uncertainties in the field of climate research, and the high stakes on the societal side. This article furthermore argues for the need for a trans-disciplinary approach to climate in order to assist in developing policies consistent with physical insights and cultural and social constraints.
Hans von Storch is Director, Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Geesthacht, Germany.
Armin Bunde is Professor, Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Justus; Liebig Universitat, Giessen, Germany.
Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor for Cultural Studies, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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