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March-April 2012

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Book of Note

LIVING IN DENIAL: CLIMATE CHANGE, EMOTIONS, AND EVERYDAY LIFE

Kari Marie Norgaard, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.

Why is it that while physical evidence of changing climate mounts, public interest in the subject is flagging? How is it that increased levels of information about global warming have a negative effect on people's concern and sense of personal responsibility? This book takes on these and other questions that bedevil climate scientists who are frustrated that the increasing levels of certainty produced by their research appear to have little impact on public commitment to action. This book is about how ordinary people in a Norwegian community who have all the attributes that ought to correspond to heightened anxiety about climate change, such as facts and education, favorable economic status, and visible signals of climate change such as delayed and low levels of snowfall, are apathetic and disengaged.

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