The Climate Change Challenge and Barriers to the Exercise of Foresight Intelligence

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Date of Publication: April 13, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Publication City: Oxford, UK

Publisher: American Institute of Biological Sciences via Oxford University Press

Author(s): Lee Ross, Kenneth Arrow, Robert Cialdini, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Joan Diamond, Jennifer Dunne, Marcus Feldman, Robert Horn, Donald Kennedy, Craig Murphy, Dennis Pirages, Kirk Smith, Richard York, Paul Ehrlich

Journal: BioScience

Volume: Advanced Access publication

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The recently published article from MAHB members in BioScience takes a critical look at why it has been so difficult to elicit substantive actions to alleviate climate disruption.

ABSTRACT: Despite solid evidence from the scientific community about climate disruption, much of the US public remains unconvinced about the reality of anthropogenic change, and national governments have been slow to undertake major steps to deal with the climate crisis. In order to understand this lack of foresight intelligence regarding climate disruption, we identify some features of climate disruption and human psychology that combine to create barriers to effective action. We also review encouraging, albeit modest, successes in persuading Americans to conserve energy through “psych-wise” initiatives. Although the reductions in energy consumption accomplished by these initiatives and strategies fall far short of what is required to address impending global climate change, we believe that the principles underlying these initiatives suggest ways to achieve more substantial reductions. We conclude by offering some specific steps that could be taken to achieve such reductions and more generally meet the building global challenge.

The full article is available here as a PDF.

Doug Carmichael lent some additional thoughts in response to the above article, which can be found here. Do you have something to add? Please use the comment section below to add your voice to the conversation.


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  • Vaughan Wiles

    Hello, MAHB,

    There are two new excellent articles out recently talking about more evidence for climate disruption and how, if we do not take measured steps to deal with an impending climate crisis, we will face climate disruption that we hadn’t counted on.

    The first article from The Guardian, Plans for a coal-fired power in Asia are a ‘disaster for planet’ warns World Bank suggests that the plan to build more coal-fired plants in Asia would be “a disaster for the planet” and warns that we are finished if just one country, Vietnam, goes forward with 40 GW of coal-fired power plants.

    The second article, from Thompson Reuters Foundation Governments Should Study Worse-Case Warming…UN is suggesting that we face the impacts of a 3-4C degree Celsius world if we do not find ways to limit global warming.

    These two articles alone are enough to give us pause at the future of warming for the very near future. The psychology of the rhetoric that is coming from some of the world’s best climate scientists are suggesting that we have totally missed something regarding warming, and that very soon we will be talking about feedbacks that we hadn’t counted on happening for some time in the future.

    The continuing news from many places on climate potential disruption should be all in one place online and rated by severity of their warnings. It would help many people make up their minds and help them understand the new data on climate warming. Also, it would be lovely if all ideas and assets to help mitigate this potential warming were in one place, looked at by the world’s best minds.