On the science and politics of climate change

Mike Hulme, author of the splendid Why We Disagree about Climate Change, has written a very measured op-ed about the theft of his emails from the University of East Anglia and the relationship between science and politics in the climate change debate. Fourcultures has previously written about: Mike Hulme's book, Why we Disagree about Climate … Continue reading On the science and politics of climate change

Why do we disagree about Climate Change?

In his foreword to a recent collection on the social construction of climate change, Nicholas Onuf writes: 'As a social constructon, climate change is no one thing. Instead it is an ensemble of constitutive processes, yielding an ever changing panoply of agents and insitutions, fixed in place only for the moment.' Mary E Pettenger (ed) … Continue reading Why do we disagree about Climate Change?

Do Egalitarians need Spirituality?

A thoughtful review by Graham Strouts of David Holmgren’s new book, Future Scenarios appears at his website, Zone 5. This provides an interesting angle on the predeliction of Egalitarian thinkers to foreground the need for a ‘reorientation of spiritual values’ or a ‘fundamental change of paradigm’. Note that while Holmgren himself is clear that under … Continue reading Do Egalitarians need Spirituality?

Climate Change and the ‘Bad Faith’ delusion

Let's get this straight. Climate change 'deniers' are (mostly) not being malicious. They genuinely believe what they are saying, just like climate change 'believers' do. The assumption of bad faith is entirely unhelpful. "But how can it possibly be that in the face of all the evidence people still won't face the truth of climate … Continue reading Climate Change and the ‘Bad Faith’ delusion

Climate Change: is it a new religion?

The Murdoch rearguard action against climate change science just won’t die, although these days it tends to be confined to the opinion section of the newspapers, rather than counting as ‘news’. In today’s Sydney Telegraph, columnist Piers Ackerman gives another outing to his argument that climate change is natural (and, since you ask, probably isn’t … Continue reading Climate Change: is it a new religion?

Can hierarchical thinking fix climate change?

A recent article about business responses to global warming highlights the extent to which hierarchical thinking can respond adequately to rapid changes in the climate.  And it neatly illustrates the preoccupations of a hierarchical world-view, as understood by grid-group cultural theory. The article, written by Leon Gettler, centres on the increasing role of 'Chief Carbon … Continue reading Can hierarchical thinking fix climate change?

What we argue about when we argue about global warming

British Journalist George Monbiot has been writing a number of pieces about a TV 'documentary' which supposedly tried to debunk climate change by doctoring statistics and misrepresenting interviewees. Certainly it was one of the most mendacious things I've seen on TV, right up there with ads for shampoo that cures dandruff. Monbiot seems to think … Continue reading What we argue about when we argue about global warming