Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle: Summary of a by Paul C. Stern, National Research Council

By Paul C. Stern, National Research Council

Paul C. Stern, Committee at the Human Dimensions of world switch, Board on Environmental switch and Society, department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and schooling, nationwide study Council

The USGCRP's Carbon Cycle operating staff requested the nationwide examine Council's Committee at the Human Dimensions of worldwide swap to carry a workshop on Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle. the fundamental function of the workshop used to be to assist construct bridges among the examine groups within the social sciences and the typical sciences that may ultimately interact to provide the wanted knowing of the carbon cycle-an knowing that could tell public judgements which can, between different issues, hinder mess ups from as a result of the methods humanity has been changing the carbon cycle. contributors of the operating team was hoping winning workshop might increase verbal exchange among the proper learn groups within the normal and social sciences, major ultimately to a diffusion of the carbon cycle software point in instructions that may higher combine the 2 domain names.

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Use models to elaborate uncertainties. Uncertainties should be structured in various ways, including speculation to identify them. Analyses could also start at the back end to ask whether particular physical end points are socially and economically feasible. 3. Investigate issues about which not enough is known. Parson noted two: one is the sources of “endogenous” technological changes that affect carbon and climate, particularly the specific character of those changes. The other is the conditions that make a threat salient enough to bring about major social changes.

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