The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Author: Michael E. Mann
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231152556
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Science

The ongoing assault on climate science in the United States has never been more aggressive, more blatant, or more widely publicized than in the case of the Hockey Stick graph—a clear and compelling visual presentation of scientific data, put together by Michael E. Mann and his colleagues, demonstrating that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with the increase in industrialization and the use of fossil fuels. Here was an easy-to-understand graph that, in a glance, posed a threat to major corporate energy interests and those who do their political bidding. The stakes were simply too high to ignore the Hockey Stick—and so began a relentless attack on a body of science and on the investigators whose work formed its scientific basis. The Hockey Stick achieved prominence in a 2001 UN report on climate change and quickly became a central icon in the “climate wars.” The real issue has never been the graph’s data but rather its implied threat to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect the environment and planet. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He reveals key figures in the oil and energy industries and the media front groups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, sometimes bare-knuckled ways. Mann concludes with the real story of the 2009 “Climategate” scandal, in which climate scientists’ emails were hacked. This is essential reading for all who care about our planet’s health and our own well-being.

Der Klimawandel

Author: Stefan Rahmstorf
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406635939
Release Date: 2012-03-13
Genre: Science

Der Klimawandel ist – nicht zuletzt nach der einzigartigen Serie verheerender Wetterextreme der letzten zehn Jahre – in aller Munde. Angesichts seiner einschneidenden und globalen Bedeutung für Natur und Zivilisation ist das kein Wunder. Doch was ist eigentlich unter Klimawandel zu verstehen, und welche Faktoren sind für das Klima verantwortlich? Zwei international anerkannte Klima-Experten geben einen kompakten und verständlichen Überblick über den derzeitigen Stand unseres Wissens und zeigen Lösungswege auf.

Die Machiavellis der Wissenschaft das Netzwerk des Leugnens

Author: Erik M. Conway
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527412112
Release Date: 2013-12-18
Genre: Democracy and science

Ein ganz realer Thriller: Wie skrupellose Lobbyisten seriöse Forscher diffamierten und gezielt Falschinformationen in lancierten Medienkampagnen global verbreiteten. Der Plot ist hollywoodreif, die Geschichte so skandalträchtig wie bestürzend Eine Handvoll Forscher leugnet, manipuliert und diskreditiert anerkannte wissenschaftliche Tatsachen wie den Klimawandel oder den Zusammenhang zwischen dem Rauchen und gesundheitlichen Risiken. Doch Die Machiavellis der Wissenschaft (im Original Merchants of Doubt) ist kein fiktiver Roman, sondern berichtet von der Realität. In den USA sorgte das Buch von Naomi Oreskes und Erik M. Conway für Furore und wurde zum Bestseller. Kein Wunder, die Geschichte, die sie erzählen, ist schließlich unglaublich – es ist die Geschichte über den Kampf gegen Fakten und über den Handel mit dem Zweifel, über die Manipulation der Medien und die Diffamierung Einzelner. Und sie geht uns alle an. Schließlich lehnten die USA als einzige Industrienation die Ratifizierung des Kyoto–Protokolls ab und verhinderten so wichtige Schritte des Klimaschutzes. Ein Lehrstück über die Macht der Industrielobby und ihre Handlanger aus Politik und Wissenschaft und ein Lehrstück darüber, wie erschreckend einfach es möglich ist, mit unlauteren Absichten selbst seriöse Medien zu beeinflussen und mit nachweislich falschen Informationen zu »füttern«.

Der Tollhauseffekt Telepolis

Author: Michael E. Mann
Publisher: Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783957881724
Release Date: 2018-06-28
Genre: Science

Das Buch handelt vom Spannungsfeld zwischen Politik und Wissenschaft, wobei es vor allem um die klimaforschende Wissenschaft geht. Es beschäftigt sich mit den Manipulationen sogenannter Klimaskeptiker und deren Pseudo- und Antiwissenschaft, die allzu oft, als seriöse Wissenschaft verkleidet, anerkannte Erkenntnisse und physikalische Tatsachen leugnet. So erläutert Michael E. Mann, verantwortlich für die Texte im Buch, wie wissenschaftliche Methodik funktioniert und offenbart dadurch gleichzeitig die Tragik der politischen Debatte. Er schreibt unter anderem: "Leider wurde der Begriff 'Skeptiker' gerade im Zuge der Klimadebatte verschleppt, um etwas ganz anderes zu auszusagen. Er wird benutzt, um Beweisen auszuweichen, die man einfach nicht mag." Das Buch analysiert, deckt auf, gibt aber auch Hoffnung! Mann ist einer der Hauptautoren des dritten Sachstandsberichtes des IPCC zur globalen Erwärmung und dort wiederum maßgeblich verantwortlich für den Abschnitt über erdgeschichtliche Klimaänderungen. Auch außerhalb der Fachkreise hat er durch sein "Hockeyschläger-Diagramm" Bekanntheit erlangt. Mann gilt als profilierter Warner vor der globalen Erwärmung. Er schreibt dazu auch regelmäßig Beiträge. Die ganz besondere Qualität erhält das Buch durch die zahlreichen bissigen Zeichnungen des Cartoonisten Tom Toles. Der politische Karikaturist hat unter anderem schon den Pulitzer-Preis für "editorial cartooning" erhalten. Toles zeichnet momentan vor allem für die Washington Post. Die Autoren kämpfen seit Jahrzehnten an vorderster Front gegen den Klimawandel. Sie haben die Manipulation der Medien durch wirtschaftliche und politische Interessen und das skrupellose Spiel mit der Parteilichkeit bei Themen, die das Wohlergehen der ganzen Menschheit betrifft, miterlebt. Die Lektionen, die sie dabei gelernt haben, boten die Inspiration für dieses brillante Werk. Deutsche Übersetzung von Matthias Hüttmann und Herbert Eppel.

The Troubled Rhetoric and Communication of Climate Change

Author: Philip Eubanks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317554851
Release Date: 2015-05-15
Genre: Business & Economics

Despite an overwhelming scientific consensus, climate change remains one of the most controversial issues of our time. Focusing on the rhetoric that surrounds the issue of climate change, this groundbreaking book analyses why the debate continues to rage and examines how we should argue when winning the argument really matters. Going beyond routine condemnations of the wildest statements made by religious fundamentalists or spokespeople for fossil fuel interests, the book explains the mutually exacerbating problems that permit many of us greet catastrophic predictions with an equivocal shrug. It argues that the argumentative situation around climate change makes a certain kind of skepticism – "fair-minded skepticism" – not only possible but likely. The book also strikes a hopeful note, reminding us that people do change their minds in response to effective argumentation that appeals to deeply shared values. Offering new insight into an ongoing academic discussion about the nature of argument and how it can be undertaken more effectively and ethically, as well as a new perspective on the rhetoric of science and technology, this book will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of climate change, environmental humanities, rhetoric, environmental communication, sociology and science and technology studies.

Cool it

Author: Bjørn Lomborg
Publisher:
ISBN: 3570550656
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Climatic changes


Planet 3 0

Author: Frauke Fischer
Publisher:
ISBN: 3510614011
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Animal ecology


Wir Wettermacher

Author: Tim F. Flannery
Publisher:
ISBN: 3596172217
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Climatic changes


Betting the Farm on a Drought

Author: Seamus McGraw
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9781477303832
Release Date: 2015-04-15
Genre: Science

Climate change has become one of the most polarizing issues of our time. Extremists on the left regularly issue hyperbolic jeremiads about the impending destruction of the environment, while extremists on the right counter with crass, tortured denials. But out in the vast middle are ordinary people dealing with stronger storms and more intense droughts than they’ve ever known. This middle ground is the focus of Betting the Farm on a Drought, a lively, thought-provoking book that lays out the whole story of climate change—the science, the math, and most importantly, the human stories of people fighting both the climate and their own deeply held beliefs to find creative solutions to a host of environmental challenges. Seamus McGraw takes us on a trip along America’s culturally fractured back roads and listens to farmers and ranchers and fishermen, many of them people who are not ideologically, politically, or in some cases even religiously inclined to believe in man-made global climate change. He shows us how they are already being affected and the risks they are already taking on a personal level to deal with extreme weather and its very real consequences for their livelihoods. McGraw also speaks to scientists and policymakers who are trying to harness that most renewable of American resources, a sense of hope and self-reliance that remains strong in the face of daunting challenges. By bringing these voices together, Betting the Farm on a Drought ultimately becomes a model for how we all might have a pragmatic, reasoned conversation about our changing climate.

Climate Challenged Society

Author: John S. Dryzek
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191510830
Release Date: 2013-10-24
Genre: Political Science

This book is an original, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to the severe and broad-ranging challenges that climate change presents and how societies can respond. It synthesizes and deploys cutting-edge scholarship on the range of social, economic, political, and philosophical issues surrounding climate change. The treatment is introductory, but the book is written "with attitude", for nobody has yet charted in coherent, integrative, and effective fashion a way to move societies beyond their current paralysis as they face the challenges of climate change. The coverage begins with an examination of science, public opinion, and policy making, with special attention to organized climate change denial. The book then moves to economic analysis and its limits; different kinds of policies; climate justice; governance at all levels from the local to the global; and the challenge of an emerging "Anthropocene" in which the mostly unintended consequences of human action drive the earth system into a more chaotic and unstable era. The conclusion considers the prospects for fundamental transition in ideas, movements, economics, and governance.

Climate Justice

Author: Henry Shue
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191022807
Release Date: 2014-06-12
Genre: Political Science

The fruit of twenty years of moral reflection on the emerging greatest challenge to humanity of the 21st century, these far-sighted and influential essays by a pioneering practical philosopher on the tangled questions of justice between nations and justice across generations confronting all attempts at international cooperation in controlling climate change sharply crystallize the central choices and offer constructive directions forward. Arguing that persistent attempts by U.S. negotiators to avoid the fundamental issues of justice at the heart of persistent international disagreement on the terms of a binding multilateral treaty are as morally misguided as they are diplomatically counter-productive, Henry Shue has built a case that efforts to price carbon (through cap-and-trade or carbon taxes) as a mechanism to drive down greenhouse gas emissions by the affluent must, for both ethical and political reasons, be complemented by international transfers that temporarily subsidize the development of non-carbon energy and its dissemination to those trapped in poverty. Our vital escape from climate change rooted in the dominance of the fossil fuel regime ought not, and in fact need not, come at the price of de-railing the escape of the world's poorest from poverty rooted in lack of affordable energy that does not undermine the climate. The momentum of changes in the planetary climate system and the political inertia of energy regimes mean that future generations, like the poorest of the present, are vulnerable to our decisions, and they have rights not to be left helpless by those of us with the power instead to leave them hope.

The Madhouse Effect

Author: Michael E. Mann
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231541817
Release Date: 2016-09-27
Genre: Science

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of billions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars. The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth's climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books—and may even convert die-hard doubters to the side of sound science.

Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol

Author: Gerald Kutney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317914655
Release Date: 2014-02-03
Genre: Political Science

Carbon Politics and the Failure of Kyoto charts the framework and political evolution of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and examines the ensuing failure of the international community to adequately address climate change. The focus is not on the science or consequences of climate change but on the political gamesmanship of the major players throughout the UNFCCC negotiation process. More than an updated history of the subject matter, this book provides a detailed study of the carbon targets which became the biggest influencing factor on the reaction of nations to Kyoto’s binding agreements. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the leading nations’ motives, including the US, China and Germany, in entering the negotiations, in particular, their economic interests. Despite the effort to combat climate change in politics that the negotiations represent, the book concludes that an agreement which requires almost 200 very different nations to agree on a single protocol is doomed to failure. The book offers a novel contribution to our understanding of this failure and suggests alternative frameworks and policies to tackle what is arguably the most complex political issue of our time.

Schamane

Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641142940
Release Date: 2014-10-27
Genre: Fiction

Das größte Abenteuer der Menschheit Europa vor circa 30.000 Jahren: Der junge Eistaucher wird von dem Schamanen seines Stammes nackt und ohne Hilfsmittel in die Wildnis geschickt. Eistaucher ist auserwählt, einst Dorns Nachfolge anzutreten, und dazu muss er nicht nur lernen, in der Natur zu überleben, sondern auch, die Natur und alles, was Teil von ihr ist, zu verstehen. Auf sich allein gestellt, begegnet Eistaucher den wilden Tieren der Eiszeit – und einer anderen Menschenart, die Jagd auf ihn macht. Das Abenteuer seines Lebens beginnt . . . Eistaucher heißt der Waisenjunge, den der Schamane Dorn aus dem Lager schickt, um zwei Wochen allein und ohne Hilfsmittel in der Wildnis zu überleben. Eistaucher ist auserkoren, einmal Dorns Nachfolge anzutreten, und zu diesem Zweck muss er nicht nur das Überleben in der Natur lernen, sondern auch seine Fähigkeit schulen, mit der Welt und all ihren Geschöpfen »eins zu werden«. Eistaucher trägt von seinem Ausflug zwar einige Verletzungen davon, doch seine Visionen waren so stark, dass er sich nicht mehr vorstellen kann, weiterhin bei seinem Stamm zu leben. Aber welche Freiheit kann es für einen Schamanenschüler in einer Welt geben, in der Bären, Löwen und Luchse lauern und eine andere Menschenart – die rätselhaften »Alten« – Jagd auf ihn macht? Eistaucher bricht auf in eine ungewisse Zukunft – die zugleich die Zukunft der Menschheit ist . . . Ein atemberaubendes Panorama des steinzeitlichen Europas und eine faszinierende Nacherzählung der Menschwerdung – mit Schamane hat Kim Stanley Robinson einen historischen Roman geschrieben, den es so noch nie gab.

Klimakriege

Author: Harald Welzer
Publisher:
ISBN: 3596178630
Release Date: 2010
Genre: