1st Edition

The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy

Edited By Steve Rayner, Mark Caine Copyright 2015
    332 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy presents a powerful critique of mainstream climate change policies and details a set of pragmatic alternatives based on the Hartwell Group’s collective writings from 1988-2010. Drawing on a rich history of heterodox but increasingly accepted views on climate change policy, this book brings together in a single volume a series of key, related texts that define the ‘Hartwell critique’ of conventional climate change policies and the ‘Hartwell approach’ to building more inclusive, pragmatic alternatives.

    This book tells of the story of how and why conventional climate policy has failed and, drawing from lessons learned, how it can be renovated. It does so by weaving together three strands of analysis. First, it highlights why the mainstream approach, as embodied by the Kyoto Protocol, has failed to produce real world reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and delayed real meaningful progress on climate change. Second, it explores the underlying political, economic, and technological factors which form the boundary conditions for climate change policy but which are often ignored by policy makers and advocates. Finally, it lays out a novel approach to climate change guided centrally by the goal of uplifting human dignity worldwide—and the recognition that this can only succeed if pursued pragmatically, economically, and with democratic legitimacy.

    With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this work presents a original critique of climate policy and a constructive primer for how to improve it.

    Introduction: Another Book on Climate Change Policy? Steve Rayner and Mark Caine  Part 1. The Road Not Taken  1. Sections 1, 3, and 6 from Managing global climate change: a view from the social and decision sciences Steve Rayner  2. Politics and the Environment Gwyn Prins  3. A Cultural Perspective on the Structure and Implementation of Global Environmental Agreements Steve Rayner  4. Global Climate Change: An Atmosphere of Uncertainty Dan Sarewitz  5. Zen and the Art of Climate Maintenance Steve Rayner and Liz Malone  Part 2. An Emerging Critique  6. Rethinking the Role of Adaptation in Climate Policy Roger Pielke Jr.  7. Prediction and Other Approaches to Climate Change Policy Steve Rayner  8. Breaking the Global Warming Gridlock Dan Sarewitz and Roger Pielke Jr.  9. Just Say No To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Frank Laird  10. Social Science and the Absence of Nature: Uncertainty and the Reality of Extremes Reiner Grundmann and Nico Stehr  11. How Science Makes Environmental Controversies Worse Dan Sarewitz  12. Disasters, Death, and Destruction: Making Sense of Recent Calamities Roger Pielke Jr.  13. What Drives Environmental Policy? Steve Rayner  14. Lifting the Taboo on Adaptation Roger Pielke Jr. et al  Part 3. The End of the Pipe: An Epistemological Break  15. The Death of Environmentalism Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger  16. Time to Ditch Kyoto Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner  4. From Climate Crisis to Energy Challenge  17. Dangerous Asumptions Roger Pielke Jr. et al  18. Let the Global Technology Race Begin Isabel Galiana and Chris Green  19. Intro to Why We Disagree About Climate Change Mike Hulme  Part 5. The Hartwell Paper  20. The Hartwell Paper Gwyn Prins et al  Part 6. Beyond Hartwell  21. A New Strategy for Energy Innovation John Alic et al  22. Liberalism's Modest Proposals Dan Sarewitz  23. Climate of Failure Roger Pielke Jr.  Afterword Steve Rayner and Mark Caine


    Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society, University of Oxford, UK.

    Mark Caine is Research Fellow at LSE Mackinder Programme for the Study of Long Wave Events, London School of Economics, UK.

    "The threat posed by climate change demands a much wider intellectual response than it has yet received. This book will challenge, inspire, and infuriate. It's not what you might expect and therefore makes a real contribution to the debate and the solutions." –John Gummer, Lord Deben,Chair of the UK Climate Committee

    "It is difficult to argue that the world has done anything other than fail so far on climate change, and fail pretty dismally. This timely and provocative book outlines some of the reasons why - and suggests novel ways forward that might stand a higher chance of success." –Mark Lynas, environmentalist and journalist

    "The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy is a deeply reasoned, subtle, yet refreshingly pragmatic collection of ideas that shows us how to build on our existing social and political institutions to get beyond divisive politics and start moving, finally, toward a more sustainable world." –Michael Crow, Arizona State University, USA

    "This volume presents important perspectives on what needs to be done, and by whom, to address climate change. Its authors speak from expertise developed in highly politicized global and national environments, and what they say needs to be listened to and evaluated, and weighed against long-standing mainstream approaches." –Mickey Glantz, University of Colorado, USA

    "The 'Hartwell Approach to Climate Change' cuts through the wrangling over climate science with humanitarian common sense." –Ambassador Richard Benedick, President of the National Council for Science and the Environment