[Lesen epub] Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our FutureAutor Dale Jamieson – Entrecielos.co

From theRio Earth Summit to theCopenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world

15 thoughts on “Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future

  1. z55z.co Customer z55z.co Customer says:

    All the rational arguments for taking climate change seriously and why no one bothers with them Depressing because the debate is currently mired in emotion and commerce Down with growthism

  2. Ideophile Ideophile says:

    Jamieson points a critical eye toward where we find ourselves with respect to climate change, how we got here, and what we can do going forward The basis of his thinking can be boiled down to this human ethics, morality, and institutions were never designed to handle problems such as climate change where cause and effect are distributed across space, time, and actors For example, it s really hard to think ethically when the impacts of decisions made today may be a thousand years in the future it s really hard to feel morally culpable for turning up the thermostat even though collectively this may result in the suffering and or death of uncountable people and it sounds a bit off when our best economic models claim that European explorers got a raw deal when they bought Manhattan for 24 Human beings were built to react to cause and effect when and where they see it so one of the key problems with climate change is that it s so hard to see the when and the where let alone the who.As far as presentation goes, the bulk of his book reflects on how we got here Jamieson takes us through the early days of climate science, the recognition of climate change as a problem, and the institution of climate diplomacy He discusses how climate diplomacy failed due to the disconnects between politics and science, the disconnects between public good and corporate good, etc He also discusses the limitations of economics when applied to climate change, especially when it comes to valuing present and future lives The takeaway is that since diplomacy and economics have failed to solve the climate change problem in the past we shouldn t expect them to be the solution going forward.The next subjects he takes up are ethics and morality As with diplomacy and economics, he discusses where human ethics and morality fall short when it comes to climate change He surveys a variety of recent attempts at establishing a new ethics for climate change, but identifies a range of challenges that each must address before any of them can be considered coherent.The last part of the book looks forward Unfortunately, this is the shortest and in my opinion the weakest part of the book The chapter titled Living with Climate Change is by far the shortest chapter in the book Jamieson s reflections on measuring meaning in terms of activity vs results and cultivating a respect for nature seem less convincing than any of his earlier arguments even for someone like me who would emphasize the same The final chapter provides a Confucian like rectification of names , a discussion on how future policy discussions may play out in terms of those names, and also introduces Jamieson s seven principles for the way forward Readers with an activist bent may find this chapter useful in that it points out how people in climate change discussions often talk past each other by using the same names to mean different things as well as how the conversation will likely turn toward emphasizing adaptation and geoengineering now when in fact abatement and mitigation remain critical elements of any solution His seven principles for the way forward, however, are similar in brevity to his earlier discussions of meaning and respect for nature so while my previous education allows me to agree with each of his principles, they re not quite the arguments you might use to sway a fence sitter let alone a staunch denier.All in all, a great discussion on how we got to where we find ourselves with respect to climate change The latter part of book that deals with the way forward, while a little weak, can itself be taken as outlining a way forward for further reading as opposed to being a final word on the subject.

  3. z55z.co Customer z55z.co Customer says:

    I must give 5 stars.One, This is an important essay with many footnotes and hyperlinks to relevant information At this writing I know of no other place to find the quantity and quality of these sources of information.Two, the casual reader will find it difficult because it requires time and consideration Short, compact sentences share a lot of deep thought requiring a background in environmental philosophy or a desire to hang with it and ponder their meaning It s a learning exercise for guys like me and well worth the effort.Three, I m pleased to have the audible, Kindle, and hardback of this book to study it in different formats The hardback allows me to fall back on my margin notes and time to ponder questions and test my own knowledge and prejudices.Finally,I m web master for climatedeception.net for which I display real estate signs on the sides of my vehicles in very large letters with the following What They Knew When They Knew and bring my biases to any discussion of climate issues, especially climate deception I had thought that Hitler gave humanity its last monster, and then Pol Pot showed up Meanwhile, humanity s drive to conquer the planet cooked that atmosphere, land, and oceans with CO2 Then Exxon and other fossil fuel giants followed earth science for their own benefit and discovered their products were damaging worldwide habitat Rather than alert us to these dangers, they began a disinformation, propaganda campaign to cast doubt As a result a truly species destroying event loomed and grows catastrophic each day So when I find a text likes Reason in a Dart Time, I place it within the context of where we re at and where we are going Jamieson s efforts help to shed light on these matters.

  4. Linda Linda says:

    Reason in a Dark Time Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed and What It Means for Our Future addresses the world s options in the face of irreversible climate change The author, Dale Jamieson, discusses the psychological, social, and political reasons why climate change is especially difficult for humans to address because the changes that will lead to the extinction of hundreds of species and the untimely deaths of millions of people are not obvious right now We are, as individuals, mostly capable of responding to immediately perceivable threats, like lions or falling trees Indeed, people commonly refuse to respond to unmistakable and ongoing catastrophes They rebuild after floods in the floodplain They rebuild after an earthquake on the fault They rebuild on the beach after a hurricane Yes, they may mitigate future damages by passing laws requiring sturdier buildings or putting in breakwaters, but mostly they go on as if the most recent catastrophe will never happen again And they seem genuinely shocked when the next catastrophe happens How then can we expect a timely, effective response to a catastrophe that is happening in slow motion and will culminate in the future How can we expect a timely, effective response when the people who must change their behavior are not going to bear the brunt of the catastrophe We could act now to mitigate some of the consequences of climate change, but that seems unlikely given the world wide response that would be needed to be effective So we are left with adapting locally California is adapting to drought by rationing water, encouraging people to xeriscape instead of planting thirsty lawns, starting to recycle waste water, and looking into desalination Unfortunately, these interventions are being presented as temporary, until the drought is over It is likely that drought is now the usual and the occasional wet year the exception Eventually, those who can will leave an increasingly hot and dry California for cooler places.Climate change is like being diagnosed with a chronic disease By the time the diagnosis is made, it is far too late to address the causes of the disease Doctors may mitigate the symptoms with medications or procedures, but they can t cure the disease The patient is going to have to adapt take the medication, change activities, food, what gives meaning to life.

  5. Jenny B Jenny B says:

    Dale Jamieson coherently covers a lot of ground in this book and has many good footnotes He explains the history of climate change politics and economic shortcomings well, but his consideration of the causes and of climate change philosophy differentiate it from others in the climate policy field.I especially liked Jamieson s description of the role of science in US society He notes the gulf in perspective between scientists and public policy makers caused by the requirements for success in their fields An amusing anecdote about the Supreme Court case for the EPA s regulation of CO2 was also apt Jamieson explains that Justice Scalia mixed up the words troposphere and stratosphere After being corrected by a scientist, he replied, Whatever I m not a scientist, to laughter among the sympathetic audience of lawyers and journalists 62 Jamieson considers how the audience would have taken a similar quip if it had been about a basis of economics or politics, such as Supply and Demand Whatever, I m not an economist He asserts that US society generally doesn t prioritize scientific bases, and our ignorance can lead people to both overestimate what science can do and feel betrayed when it fails to live up to these pretensions 63.Two parts of the book stood out to me as having room for improvement In his explanation of climate change philosophy and values, he focuses exclusively on human impacts for future generations and for people in developing countries His being an environmental philosopher, I thought it was interesting that he never mentions philosophical ideas related to ecological and non human impacts in the present and future This significantly narrows his focus to human society, as may have been his preference Jamieson also refers several times in the book to the biggest problem in addressing climate change a psychological component While he explains other factors in some depth, he addresses this in only two pages Mentioning some of the research in environmental and climate change psychology and communication Robert Gifford, Kari Norgaard, Susan Moser could have significantly contributed to this section.Jamieson concludes that we will continue to address climate change in a piecemeal and messy fashion Overall, I think he does a great job in explaining many aspects of climate change with thought and depth.

  6. David W. Stookey David W. Stookey says:

    As the earth warms, Professor Jamieson points out, many of us are beginning to find our long held self assurance faltering We can see foot dragging on the March of Progress, weaknesses showing in both Democracy and Capitalism, and the promise of the Enlightenment dimming.I was particularly fascinated by another growing weakness he describes What he calls our everyday morality, which has developed over centuries and millennia, seems unlikely to cope well with challenges from warming.Jamieson discusses questions relating to anthropogenic climate change about which our everyday morality is flummoxed, silent, or incorrect Who is responsible for harms committed unknowingly What about damage sustained thousands of miles away, or many years in the future This is the best exploration of these and related questions that I ve read.

  7. G. peck G. peck says:

    Jamieson draws out a very clear and balanced picture of what has become a conglomeration of very difficult issues involving climate change For example, how do you fairly discount the future value of climate intervention by the present generation This is a particularly gnarly problem that crosses into politics, ethics, morality and economics.i m sure i will never understand the solution to the discount problem but otherwise he cuts through the political rhetoric and lays out a reasoned and clear way to approach the difficult climate change issues.

  8. John Stephens John Stephens says:

    Very interesting insight and, for me, a new perspective on issues surrounding climate change Jamieson is a little difficult to read here and there, but I certainly did enjoy I think most people believe that the reason for lack of traction of CC issues is uncertainty, how much, how severe, how soon, what part is caused by human activity But after Jamieson, I now believe that the issue is immaturity in social political systems for addressing this type of global long term 100 s of years problem Most humans can not really focus 12 months in the future, and also particularly in the US have a very poor grasp or empathy for people in other parts of the world.I also came away with another surprising insight anthropogenic CC is not completely bad Only bad for some species and in particular humans The planetary ecosystem will roll along and morph into something new like it has done several times in the past, but human dominance of the planet will likely come to a rather abrupt halt If you might desire to have a really better unpolitical understanding of possible responses to CC, take a look at the National Academies Press books Climate Change and Climate Intervention When you have read these you will then understand that there will not be a future magical techno fixes The geo physical and chemical laws governing CO2 are not going to change and no magic will ever be possible Only real answer is getting off fossil fuel, but the complexity and scope of that is so large, it will be much too late by the time any significant progress is made If you live in the USA, and look at this. check your electric bill and challenge yourself to get by on 7 to 10 KwHrs, per house per day If everyone just did this it would be a giant stride forward JAS July 9, 2015

  9. Jude Jude says:

    Jamieson hit the nail on the head Much of climate change is a fait accompli and we must address adaptation and mitigation, not incessantly argue about whether it is or is not occurring, or whether it is anthropogenic, or not

  10. Jon C. Jon C. says:

    Interesting information buried in page after page of boring philosophy I tried my best, but I could not finish this book.

  11. northshore mike northshore mike says:

    Not a simple book but if you are of an academic mind this is tops on this topic.

  12. Ricardo Coronel Ricardo Coronel says:

    This is a timeless book as it s subject is The reseach and labor behind it makes it one of most solid and balanced books in this extremelly sencitive, and abused subject matter No one shoud talk seriosly about ecology without having red it It s philosophical aproach is the most adequet because in a sense, ecology has subtituted philosophy as the integral and global endevour of mankind.

  13. Howard H. Sargent Howard H. Sargent says:

    Having read than a dozen books on climate change, I feel this book is so thorough in its history and analysis of the subject that it will be a long time before I need to read anything else on the subject.

  14. Noah Fishman Noah Fishman says:

    Thought provoking and treated realistically.

  15. Z W Z W says:

    I had to read it for class but its still a good read