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NATS 1760
Darrin Durant

NATS 1760 DARRIN DURANT/JAMES ELWICK Monday, November 12, 2012 Climate Change 3: Engineering the Climate? GEOENGINEERING ESSAY • „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 mankind.”  - 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 behaviour - Themes  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; adaptation; amelioration?) - Background: • 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
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