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News Picks : Will we tackle climate change?

By: Physics Today
18 August 2014

New Scientist: Despite decades of research indicating that climate change is occurring, it's been difficult for scientists to persuade policymakers, the public, and institutions to implement techniques to minimize or slow down the effects. Some researchers, including Nobel Prize–winning economist Daniel Kahneman, believe there is no path to success on climate change. Others see climate change as an example of “perfect market failure.” George Marshall, writing in New Scientist, points out that it is the large indifference in the “middle” majority that is the stumbling block, and that one factor is an unwillingness to face mortality. Ironically, he says, the systems that govern our own attitudes "are just as complex as those that govern energy and carbon, and just as subject to feedbacks that exaggerate small differences between people."


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