The problems and debates surrounding climate change possess closely intertwined social and scientific aspects. This book highlights the importance of researching climate change through a multi-disciplinary approach; namely through cultural studies, communication studies, and clean-technology studies. These three dimensions taken together have the ability to constitute a positive agenda for climate change science in its broader understanding. To cope with the climate change challenge, not only do we need new energy efficient technologies, other ways of living, and new ways to communicate but we especially need new ways to start thinking about climate change across disciplines and backgrounds. We need to begin thinking across engineering, cultural science and communication in order to create innovative solutions, as well as to generate optimistic and progressive narratives about the future. Accentuating these 'softer' scientific disciplines, their overlaps, and the positive discourses they can create, this book provides some more profoundly researched themes pertaining to climate change and by that, strengthening the analytical as well as the integrative approaches toward the fundamental questions at stake.
Pernille Almlund, Per Homann Jespersen and SÃ¸ren Riis, all at Roskilde University, Denmark.
'Climate change is changing life. It just takes a quick glance at the news stream to see the impact climate has on everyday life. Whether it is drought causing a lack of food and water or it is monstrous rain squalls flooding everything - it affects people's lives. To identify solutions to our present challenges we need to look at climate change in the broadest sense of the word. This anthology aims to bring new ideas and perspectives to life by combining natural, human and social sciences. We need that.' Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building 'This perfectly edited volume is part of the Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice series. The book is an eye-opener on possible switches in the international climate change debate, while showing that part of the solution is in our daily lifestyle and habits. The publication is most useful for students and researchers in environmental sciences, in particular in programmes with a strong interdisciplinary character. It is a must for consultants, policy makers and NGO collaborators who care about influencing the climate change debate and its impacts on our way of living.' International Journal of Environment and Pollution