(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Earth System Science, the IPCC and the problem of downward causation in human geographies of Global Climate Change

published at : Exploring causal relations : the societal effects of climate change

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

NIELSEN J.Ø. (1) ; SEJERSEN F. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Anthropology, Waterworlds Research Centre, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK
(2) Dept. of Anthropology, Waterworlds Research Centre, Inst. for Tvœrkulturelle og regionale studier, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK


Environmental determinism is resurfacing in human geography particularly when climate change is the topic of investigation. In this paper, the AA. trace this revival and link it to the dominance of Earth System Science (ESS) and the institutional process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the climate change research community. In particular, they want to show how findings coming out of ESS and communicated through the IPCC create a discourse of hierarchical scale and downward causation that prescribes agency to climate. The AA. suggest that viewing scale as a social construction opens up for the analysis of climate change and its societal effects and interpretations outside the official script of the inevitability of adaptation


Thematical fascicle

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 112, no 2 [pp. 194-202]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.




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