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By Julie Doyle

Weather switch has been an important quarter of medical problem because the overdue Seventies, yet has just recently entered mainstream tradition and politics. even though, as media insurance of weather swap raises within the twenty-first century, the distance among our knowing of weather swap and weather motion seems to be to widen. during this well timed e-book, Julie Doyle explores how practices of mediation and visualisation form how we expect approximately, deal with and act upon weather swap. via historic and modern case stories drawn from technological know-how, media, politics and tradition, "Mediating weather switch" identifies the representational difficulties weather switch poses for public and political debate. It deals methods ahead by way of exploring how weather switch may be made extra significant via, for instance, leading edge varieties of weather activism, the reframing of meat and dairy intake, media engagement with weather occasions and technological know-how, and creative experimentation. Doyle argues that cultural discourses have problematically positioned nature and the surroundings as gadgets externalised from people and tradition. "Mediating weather swap" demands a extra nuanced figuring out of human-environmental kin, to ensure that us in an effort to extra absolutely think and handle the demanding situations weather swap poses for us all.

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In order to provide policy recommendations, the IPCC are also tasked with addressing the question of impacts, mitigation, adaption and the socio-economic dimensions of climate change. Comprised of scientists from a broad range of countries and a number of scientific disciplines, the IPCC has come to constitute the most authoritative scientific voice on the causes, impacts and effects of global climate change (Houghton 2004). Yet, it is not just scientists, but representatives of national governments, who constitute membership of the IPCC.

As Whitfield reminds us, ‘Maps are cultural artefacts’ (Whitfield 1997, viii), representations of the world that construct and reflect historical, social and cultural values. Linked historically to the western colonial project, the cartography of maps invokes ‘the desire to see an image of the entire world focused before us; clear, self-contained, comprehensible and masterable’ (Whitfield 1997, 2). The perception of ‘mastery’ provided by maps is derived in part from the viewpoint they offer; representing the physical contours of the world from above.

Al 2006, 278). More recent work has further highlighted that the UK public perceive climate change ‘as a distant issue in both time and space’ (O’Neill and Nicholson-Cole 2009, 15), with public perceptions focused upon ‘large-scale impacts’ not considered to be personally relevant. Although participants cited ‘dramatic visions’, including human and animal suffering ‘at both local and global scales’, as making climate change ‘seem most important’ (ibid, 17, 18), such images concurrently worked as a form of personal distancing and disempowerment.

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