SFU Royal Society of Canada Seminar Series: "Climate Delusions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

Mark Jaccard

School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Date: Mar 15, 2012

Abstract

Two decades of research into the risk of human-induced climate change has focused on climate science and the costs of greenhouse gas mitigation. It is increasingly obvious, however, that the research focus must include understanding the reasons why humans have been incapable of effective action in spite of scientific consensus on the climate threat, economic consensus on the relatively modest cost of mitigation, and continuous commitments by political leaders. This talk will combine science, economics, policy design and human cognition to explain how self-interest biases in human cognition have fostered delusions about the problem and its solution - and what to do about these.

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