Climate Change & The Humanities

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In 2011 Mike Hulme published an opinion piece, Meet the Humanities, in Nature Climate Change, one of the premier scientific journals dealing with climate change. He asserted that “Although climate is inarguably changing society, social practices are also impacting on the climate. Nature and culture are deeply entangled, and researchers must examine how each is shaping the other. But they are largely failing to do so” (Hulme 2011). This was likely the first time that many climate scientists had thought much about the humanities as relevant to what they were studying.

This book sets out to rectify that, documenting what a broad selection of academics, journalists, artists, and others working in the humanities and social sciences have been writing about climate change recently. It consists of over 200 summaries of such works and provides a good introduction to the range of thinking about climate change addressed by non-scientists, and a good entry point to a growing literature.

Hulme, M., 2011. Meet the humanities. Nature Climate Change 1, 177-179.

Table of Contents

FORWARD…………………………………………………… 19

by Emil Morhardt

Why Environmental Science Needs the Humanities………………… 21

by Emily Segal

THE ARTS, PUBLIC MEDIA, AND CLIMATE CHANGE 23

Satirizing Climate Change…………………………………………………. 23

by Brendan Busch

YouTube—A Worthwhile Forum for Climate Change Debate?……. 24

by Brendan Busch

Telling the Story of Climate Change Well……………………………… 26

by Juana Granados

CABE Climate Change Festival…………………………………………… 27

by Juana Granados

Mass Media and Local Temperature Influence Twitter Discussion 28

by Juana Granados

Climate Imagery in the US, UK, and Australia……………………….. 29

by Juana Granados

Twitter vs. Mainstream Media—How is Climate Change Communicated?          31

by JP Kiefer

Climate Fiction Before Climate Change—the Work of J.G. Ballard 32

by Russell Salazar

Climate—7 Questions on 2 Degrees……………………………………. 33

by Abby Schantz

Poetry and the Environment………………………………………………. 35

by Emily Segal

Ecological Consciousness and the Performing Arts………………… 36

by Emily Segal

Concerts and Composting…………………………………………………. 38

by Emily Segal

Artists, Scientists, and the Environment………………………………. 39

by Emily Segal

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rap……………………………………….. 40

by Emily Segal

What Images Evoke Climate Change?………………………………….. 41

by Phoebe Shum

 

Is a Cartoon Worth a Thousand Words?……………………………….. 42

by Phoebe Shum

Climate Change in the Media…………………………………………….. 44

by Phoebe Shum

Theater as a Medium for Communicating the Consequences of Climate Change           45

by Sarah Whitney

The Dilemma of Climate Change Theatre………………………………. 46

by Sarah Whitney

Rise of the Cli-Fi Literary Genre…………………………………………. 48

by Sarah Whitney

Film Industry Pushes to Mitigate its Effects on Climate Change through Film4Climate 49

by Sarah Whitney

Visual Imagery and Climate Change……………………………………. 50

by Yijing Zhang

How Artists and Scientists Engage the Public with Climate Change 52

by Yijing Zhang

Climate Change Mitigation in Children’s Poems…………………….. 53

by Yijing Zhang

Power of Mass Media in Climate Change……………………………… 55

by Yijing Zhang

ETHICS, RELIGION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE……….. 57

Unexpected Ethical Limits to Climate Change Adaptation………… 57

by Caroline Chmiel

Climate Change and Meat Consumption Values…………………….. 58

by Juana Granados

Morality, Food Choices, and Climate Change………………………… 59

by Juana Granados

Is Relocation of Biota an Ethical Response to Climate Change?…. 60

by Brina Jablonski

Can Religion Help Save the Environment?……………………………. 62

by JP Kiefer

Our Responsibility to Regulate the Emissions of Airlines…………. 63

by JP Kiefer

Dangers of Climate Change Denial……………………………………… 64

by JP Kiefer

Aerospace Engineer Receives Corporate Funding to Create Climate Change Confusion            66

by Chloe Rodman

Pope Francis Plans to Tackle Climate Change………………………. 67

by Chloe Rodman

Morality, Ethics, and Values of Climate Change-Related Decision-Making       68

by Russell Salazar

 

Who’s to Blame for Climate Change?…………………………………… 70

by Breanna Sewell

Why Enviroethics?…………………………………………………………… 71

by Breanna Sewell

More Consideration for Non-Humans in Public Health……………. 72

by Breanna Sewell

Relationships Between Religion and Climate Change……………… 73

by Sarah Whitney

Why do Museums Censor Climate Change Exhibits?………………. 74

by Sarah Whitney

PERCEPTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE……………….. 77

NASA Claims the Earth has a Fever…………………………………….. 77

by Jordan Aronowitz

Decision Makers—the Keys to Corporate Involvement in Climate Change        78

by Brendan Busch

Climate Change Adaptation—Lessening the Perceived Risk of Climate Change?          79

by Brendan Busch

Climate Change Denial and the Great Recession……………………. 81

by Brendan Busch

Australia’s Nuclear Power Dilemma…………………………………….. 82

by Caroline Chmiel

Changing Mindsets on Carbon Sequestration Technologies……… 84

by Caroline Chmiel

Just How Pristine Are Virgin Rainforests?…………………………….. 85

by Jackson Cooney

NASA’s Climate Change Awareness Program…………………………. 86

by Jackson Cooney

Communicating Scientific Consensus on Climate Change……….. 87

by Juana Granados

Climate Change Education Intervention……………………………….. 88

by Juana Granados

The Most Effective Way to Deal with Climate Change………………. 89

by Brina Jablonski

Reaching Out to Today’s Youth…………………………………………… 90

by Brina Jablonski

Is Climate Change Really Our Fault?…………………………………… 91

by Brina Jablonski

Should We Call it Climate Change, or Global Warming?………….. 92

by JP Kiefer

Yale Attempts to Produce Environmentally Conscious Graduates. 94

by Margaret Loncki

“Purity” Versus “Harm” in Framing Climate Change……………….. 95

by Margaret Loncki

 

Proximity to Coast is Linked to Climate Change Belief……………. 96

by Sam Peterson

Social Norms and Preferences towards Climate Change Policies—A Meta-Analysis      98

by Sam Peterson

Climate Change or Nuclear Power in Britain?……………………… 100

by Sam Peterson

Catching Two European Problems with One Renewable Energy Stone  102

by Sam Peterson

Changing Consumer Actions and their Relation to Climate Change Worry       104

by Sam Peterson

How Belief in Climate Change Affects Legislation and Personal Sacrifice         106

by Patrick Quarberg

How Human Attitudes and Values affect Environmental Protection 107

by Patrick Quarberg

Belief, Trust, and Perception—the Farmers’ View of Climate Change.. 108

by Russell Salazar

How Do We Decide What Fuels to Use?……………………………… 110

by Russell Salazar

Is the Government Accountable for Climate Change?……………. 111

by Abby Schantz

Sorry Business—not Climate Change—in The Kimberley……….. 112

by Breanna Sewell

Translating Climate Change into Marshallese……………………… 113

by Phoebe Shum

Skepticism Towards the Climate Change Skeptics……………….. 114

by Phoebe Shum

Personal Beliefs in Reality of Global Climate Change……………. 116

by Yijing Zhang

Framing Messages of Climate Change……………………………….. 117

by Yijing Zhang

PSYCHOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE…………….. 119

Climate Change—a Personal or a Global Issue?…………………… 119

by Brendan Busch

Swedish Children’s Coping Strategies for Climate Change…….. 120

by Juana Granados

Psychology of Climate Change…………………………………………. 122

by Juana Granados

Are Energy Efficiency Ratings Helping to Reduce Energy Consumption?           123

by JP Kiefer

Why Buy a Hybrid Car?………………………………………………….. 124

by JP Kiefer

Can Advertisements Alter Environmental Behavior?……………… 125

by JP Kiefer

Global Framing and the Production of Environmentally Conscious Citizens     126

by Margaret Loncki

Cognitive and Behavioral Challenges in Responding to Climate Change          128

by Sam Peterson

Psychology Behind Climate-Related Inaction………………………. 131

by Emily Segal

Psychological Effects of Climate Change…………………………….. 133

by Breanna Sewell

Climate Change and its Impacts on Mental Health……………….. 135

by Phoebe Shum

Coping with Climate Change in Sweden…………………………….. 136

by Phoebe Shum

Relationship Between Values and Engagement with Climate Change 137

by Sarah Whitney

The Confusing Relationship between Consciousness, Culture, and Climate Change    139

by Sarah Whitney

POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE…………………… 143

Florida Bans Terms Essential to the Climate Change Discussion 143

by Jordan Aronowitz

Does Ted Cruz’s Ignorance Make Him ‘Unfit’ for the Presidency? 144

by Jordan Aronowitz

The Politicization of Climate Change………………………………….. 145

by Brendan Busch

Polarization of Climate Change—Scientific or Political?…………. 147

by Brendan Busch

Political Science Solutions to Climate Change…………………….. 148

by Brendan Busch

Pollution and Politics…………………………………………………….. 150

by Jackson Cooney

Obama’s Take on Climate……………………………………………….. 151

by Jackson Cooney

Public Participation and Trust in Chinese Nuclear Power Development           152

by Sam Peterson

Salience of Climate Change and Congressional Voting Records. 154

by Sam Peterson

The Politics Surrounding Climate Science………………………….. 156

by Patrick Quarberg

How Climate Change Influences Political Action………………….. 157

by Patrick Quarberg

Environment and Politics: Alaskans Adapt to a Changing Climate 159

by Russell Salazar

ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR AND CLIMATE CHANGE….. 161

Business Journals Lack Climate Change Discussions………….. 161

by Jordan Aronowitz

Free Money—How Investing in Energy Can Save………………….. 162

by Jackson Cooney

Pakistan’s Developing Economy in a Warming World……………. 163

by JP Kiefer

Is Climate Change Tourism Ethical? Potentially Beneficial?……. 164

by JP Kiefer

Are Electric Vehicles Worth the Higher Costs?…………………….. 166

by JP Kiefer

Is Globalization Thwarted by Climate Change and Diminished Oil Supply?     167

by Margaret Loncki

How Much will Travelers Pay to Offset Carbon Releases from Fossil Fuels?     169

by Margaret Loncki

Economics of Nuclear Power and Climate Change Mitigation Policies  170

by Sam Peterson

Potential for Tariffs as Climate Change Mitigation—Legal and Economic Analysis         172

by Sam Peterson

Probability and Cost Estimates for Climate Change………………. 174

by Sam Peterson

Willingness to Pay in Different Countries…………………………… 175

by Patrick Quarberg

The Learning Curve of Renewable Technology……………………… 177

by Patrick Quarberg

Six Myths of Fossil Fuel Divestment………………………………….. 178

by Chloe Rodman

The Risky Business Project…………………………………………….. 180

by Chloe Rodman

Samsø Inspiration…………………………………………………………. 182

by Chloe Rodman

Free Rider Problem Slowing Down Climate Change Progress….. 183

by Chloe Rodman

Fossil Fuels Have Frightening Potential…………………………….. 185

by Chloe Rodman

Determinants of Technology Innovation in the Transportation Sector—Oil Endowments            186

by Russell Salazar

A House Without an Energy Bill……………………………………….. 187

by Abigail Schantz

Would You Pay to Reduce Climate Change?………………………… 188

by Abigail Schantz

The Auto Industry and Climate Change in the US………………… 189

by Abigail Schantz

Divesting Universities of Fossil Fuel Investments………………… 193

by Abby Schantz

Entrepreneurial Social Networking can Aid Environmental Protection  194

by Emily Segal

Capitalism or a Stabile Climate—Can You have Both?…………… 196

by Breanna Sewell

Greening Capitalism………………………………………………………. 197

by Breanna Sewell

Soy Sauce or Water? China’s Soil Contamination and Water Supply 198

by Phoebe Shum

Crying Over Spilled Milk: Australia’s Diminishing Dairy Production.. 199

by Phoebe Shum

Economic Effects of California Drought………………………………. 200

by Sarah Whitney

Haze Pollution and its Impact on Tourism…………………………… 202

by Yijing Zhang

SOCIETY AND CLIMATE CHANGE…………………… 205

Nepalese Sherpas Affected by Climate Change……………………. 205

by Jordan Aronowitz

No Clear Policy for Climate Change “Refugees”……………………. 206

by Jordan Aronowitz

Could Climate Change Cause Famines?…………………………….. 207

by Caroline Chmiel

Arctic Communities in Alaska See Climate Change as Akin to Social Changes 208

by Caroline Chmiel

Effect of Climate Change on the Tourism Industry………………… 209

by Tyler Dean

Effects of Extreme Weather on Homeless People…………………… 210

by Tyler Dean

Gender Mainstreaming and Climate Change……………………….. 212

by Juana Granados

Climate Change—a Possible Peacemaker…………………………… 213

by Brina Jablonski

Impacts of Climate Change on Senior Kenyan Women…………… 214

by Brina Jablonski

 

Climate Change and its Effects on Alaskan Inuit Populations…. 215

by Margaret Loncki

Increasing Vulnerability of Island Communities to Climate Change 217

by Margaret Loncki

Will the Combination of Overfishing and Climate Change be Too Much For Coastal Fishing Communities?      218

by Margaret Loncki

Climate Change Effects More Visible in Women and the Poverty-Stricken        219

by Patrick Quarberg

How Climate Change Is Causing Global Conflict………………….. 220

by Patrick Quarberg

Climate Change Brings About Activist Culture…………………….. 221

by Patrick Quarberg

The Greatest Threat to National Security…………………………….. 222

by Patrick Quarberg

National Security Threatened by a Warming World………………. 223

by Chloe Rodman

The Syrian Civil War—A Result of Climate Change?……………… 225

by Chloe Rodman

Pressures of a Changing Climate on Women of Rural Mexico….. 227

by Russell Salazar

Where Climate Change Meets Social Inequality……………………. 228

by Breanna Sewell

How Will Future Generations Deal with Climate Change……….. 230

by Breanna Sewell

Climate-Induced Migration……………………………………………… 231

by Breanna Sewell

How Climate Change Affects Women in Ghana…………………….. 232

by Phoebe Shum

Climate Change and Aging Populations……………………………… 233

by Yijing Zhang

Anthropology in Climate Change………………………………………. 234

by Yijing Zhang

Climate Change Impacts on Urban Communities…………………. 235

by Yijing Zhang

CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEMS AND ADAPTATIONS 237

Ecosystems Altered by Strengthened Winds……………………….. 237

by Jordan Aronowitz

Biodiversity in Danger from Climate Change………………………. 238

by Jordan Aronowitz

Future of China’s Agriculture in Danger…………………………….. 240

by Jordan Aronowitz

Sub-Saharan Africa Hurt by Food Production Struggles………… 241

by Jordan Aronowitz

Rural Tanzania Needs a Shift in Agriculture………………………… 242

by Jordan Aronowitz

More Benefits of Reversing Deforestation than Meet the Eye…… 243

by Caroline Chmiel

More than Simply Divesting in Fossil Fuels………………………… 244

by Caroline Chmiel

Severe Health Consequences from Climate Change………………. 245

by Caroline Chmiel

When Mitigating Climate Change Health Consequences Backfires 246

by Caroline Chmiel

The Unexpected Power of Solar Energy to Empower Developing Countries       247

by Caroline Chmiel

The Risk Climate Change Poses to the Electricity Supply………. 249

by Caroline Chmiel

The Decline of American Aspen Forests……………………………… 250

by Jackson Cooney

Implications of Geoengineering………………………………………… 251

by Jackson Cooney

Biofuels and their Implications………………………………………… 252

by Jackson Cooney

CO2 and Rainforests………………………………………………………. 253

by Jackson Cooney

China and Solar Energy………………………………………………….. 254

by Jackson Cooney

Governor Brown Takes Water Conservation into His Own Hands 255

by Jackson Cooney

Meshing Opposing Methods of Climate Change Measurement for Accuracy     256

by Tyler Dean

Climate Change and Its Effects on Human Health…………………. 257

by Tyler Dean

Electrification of Cars and Sustainability Over the Next 40 Years 258

by Tyler Dean………………………………………………………………………………………………… 258

Improving Food Yields in Africa……………………………………….. 260

by Tyler Dean

Green Computing—a Double-Edged Sword…………………………. 260

by Tyler Dean

Using Gaming to Reduce Energy Usage………………………………. 262

by Tyler Dean

Using Cloud Computing to Monitor Climate Change……………… 263

by Tyler Dean

3-Dimensional Printing, the Economy, and Climate Change…… 264

by Tyler Dean

Tiny Houses as a Response to Climate Change……………………. 265

by Tyler Dean

Long-Term Effects of Climate Change…………………………………. 266

by Brina Jablonski

What Needs to Change in Today’s Health Promotion……………… 267

by Brina Jablonski

Climate Change Adaptation in California……………………………. 268

by Brina Jablonski

Balancing the Energy Triangle………………………………………….. 269

by Brina Jablonski

Are General Practitioners Prepared for Climate Change?……….. 270

by Brina Jablonski

Importance of Fisheries Management in Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change on Global Fisheries  272

by Margaret Loncki

The Importance of Low-Emission Vehicles To Energy Reduction in Japan         273

by Margaret Loncki

The Importance of Nuclear Power in Reducing Carbon Emissions and Protecting Developing Nations   274

by Margaret Loncki

Nuclear Power, Climate Change and Energy Security in Britain. 275

by Sam Peterson

Socio-Economic Status and Climate Change……………………….. 278

by Patrick Quarberg

Global Warming May be Fatal to Forests…………………………….. 279

by Chloe Rodman

Seattle’s Bullitt Center Sets Precedent for New Green Buildings 280

by Chloe Rodman

Questionable Outcomes—the Real Significance of No-Till Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation 281

by Russell Salazar

Leading with Green—the Future of Urban Design………………… 283

by Russell Salazar

Delay Your Trip to China—the Effect of Climate Change on Fall Foliage           284

by Russell Salazar

One World—Climate Change, Globalization, and Human Health 285

by Russell Salazar

Evaluating the Environmental Impact of the California High-Speed Rail           287

by Abigail Schantz

Reducing the Environmental Impact through Building Certifications—LEED, ASHRAE, and IGCC          288

by Abigail Schantz

Al Gore is Ready to Win the Battle of Climate Change…………… 290

by Abby Schantz

The Beans that Will Survive Climate Change………………………. 292

by Abby Schantz

California Water Rationing—Wake Up!………………………………. 293

by Abby Schantz

You Might Die From Climate Change…………………………………. 294

by Abby Schantz

Changes in Measuring Air Quality……………………………………. 295

by Emily Segal

Complications of Climate Engineering and International Law….. 296

by Emily Segal

Consider the Mushroom as a Companion Species………………… 298

by Emily Segal

Major Climate Change Problems Closer than Most of Us Think.. 299

by Breanna Sewell

Reasons Why NGOs Aren’t Tackling Meat Consumption Issues. 300

by Phoebe Shum

Environmental Costs of High-Density Cattle Farming……………. 302

by Sarah Whitney

A Public Health Policy Approach to Rising Sea Levels…………… 303

by Sarah Whitney

Human Adaptations to Climate Change Further Jeopardize Biodiversity          305

by Yijing Zhang

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