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Climate Change

Updated on Jul 02, 2017   •   MIT Press   •   non-fiction  •  books

Edited by Joseph F.C. DiMento and Pamela Doughman, this book contains a number of articles on international policies, perception, coverage, and impact on our lives with respect to Climate Change. It higlights where the scientists fall short of delivering the truth, how governments and media warp facts in both ways, and how the common people are left skeptical after the confusion and mess overrides scientific discipline. However, the articles don’t blame any single group, but remark on our collective confusion on this topic. It’s a nice read, but often becomes monotonous when some articles detail policies and facts in a didactic way.

One point I liked in the book was on how the devout Climate Change “believers” try to force a notion of fear and doom with certainty when Climate Science is mostly probabilistic. This includes linking every environmental disaster — from Hurricane Sandy to short-term food scarcity — to Climate Change and using that element of fear to ingrain acceptability en masse. While on the other extreme side, Climate Change “deniers” try to remain skeptic even in the face of base certainties and ground truths. This often leaves Tom, Dick, and Harry, skeptical of both sides and paints the wrong image of what Climate Change really is.