NATS 1760 DARRIN DURANT/JAMES ELWICK
Monday, November 12, 2012
Climate Change 3: Engineering the Climate?
• „Objectivity‟ in writing: not an oxymoron!
• Primary source: author is intervening in the controversy (saying what should be
done). Not being abstract. Also, refereed
• Avoid blogs, newspapers as primary sources. The TA will look to see if you used
judgement choosing your source - even if you're wrong, this is much better than
not doing it at all.
• Thesis statement:
You‟re distilling the two sources‟ recommendations, saying each is closer to
C&E or K, then saying why.
„I will argue that [Smith 1999] and [Hu 2011] are both closer to K, because
both say publics can contribute to science, showing how publics contribute to
technical debates on marine zoology.”
Grader shouldn‟t be able to ask any more „why‟ questions re your thesis. (i.e.
no “OK, but why do they say that?”)
ACC challenges our “moral imagination”? Malcolm Bull: "It is thanks to climate
change that an entire body of political thought has emerged which positions our
everyday actions in direct relation to their most distant consequences. Adam
Smith once noted that we are less troubled by the prospect of a hundred million
people dying as a result of an earthquake in some distant location than of losing
our little finger, but would nevertheless be horrified by the idea we might allow
them to die in order to save it. Climate change effectively transforms the former
scenario into the latter, and so places unprecedented demands on our moral
imagination. Almost every little thing we do contributes to our carbon footprint,
which increases greenhouse gases, which could in turn ultimately threaten
hundreds of millions of lives in some remote time and place – the uncertainty only
adding to the sublime awfulness of our responsibilities. ...Climate change...invites
us to be more moral than we could ever have imagined....Climate ethics is not
morality applied but morality discovered, a new chapter in the moral education of
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n10/malcolm-bull/what-is-the-rational-response - Terminology
Anthropocene- humans and a geological period
Unintended Consequences- leads to issue that no action can be 100% certain
Moral Hazard- if you have insurance, you are more likely to engage in risky
Nature as „wild‟ or as „garden‟
People are often unclear what „nature‟ actually means to them
• Which view of nature do you most agree with: that it‟s
F: Fragile R: Resilient
C: Resilient with care U: Unpredictable?
What are the different CC policy mixtures entailed by each view (mitigation;
• The current political rhetoric (and the default „goal‟ of dealing with Climate
Change) is to keep the earth‟s atmosphere from rising above 2 degrees C.
Expressed at Copenhagen 2009.
• To do this, necessary to cut GHGs in total