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Reason in a Dark TimeWhy the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future$
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Dale Jamieson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337668.001.0001

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The Nature of the Problem

The Nature of the Problem

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(p.11) 2 The Nature of the Problem
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Reason in a Dark Time
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Dale Jamieson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337668.003.0002

This chapter begins with the rise of climate science, takes us to the enthusiasm and energy of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and culminates in the debacle of the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Like other sciences, climate science developed incrementally. By the 1950s climate change was being discussed in the popular press. By 1965 it had been mentioned by the President of the United States. In 1988 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established to provide objective information about climate change to decision-makers around the world. In 1992 the largest gathering of heads of state ever assembled met at the Rio Earth Summit. The Rio dream was that the countries of the North and South would join hands to protect the global environment and lift up the world’s poor. At Copenhagen in 2009 it became clear that the dream was over.

Keywords:   Climate science, Rio Earth Summit, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global environment

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