San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Tragedy of Climate Change: History, science, and the politics of global warming in the United States
A public lecture by Dr. Joshua Howe, Reed College, USA
Author of Behind the Curve, Joshua Howe will use the narrative lens of tragedy as a way to make sense of our collective failure to mitigate global warming in a meaningful way. By following the story of rising CO2 – illustrated by the now famous Keeling Curve – through a variety of historical contexts, he will highlight the ways in which scientists' and environmentalists' well-intended efforts to use more and better science to shape good global warming policy have at times undermined their ability to implement solutions to the larger global problem. Although science is essential to our understanding of global warming, a primary and often exclusive focus on science in global warming discourse has left advocates for progressive climate change policy vulnerable to political opposition, and has limited much of the discussion.
Dr Vladimir Jankovic, historian of science at the University of Manchester, will offer a response.
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.