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Meeting the Humanities on Climate Change

July 2011

The July issue of Nature Climate Change brings a commentary by Mike Hulmes (Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, UK) where he argues for greater attention to be paid to the interpretative social sciences and humanities in our attempts to understand the implications of climate change. Nature Climate Change introduces his commentary:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is hugely influential in setting the tone for wider social and political engagement with climate change. Mike Hulme highlights the limited uptake of social science material into the IPCC assessment reports despite the proliferation of social science research on climate issues. He argues that nature and society are so deeply entangled that research must strive to examine how each is shaping the other, and then outlines the changes needed to close the gap between arts and sciences on issues of climate change and beyond.

Prof. Hulme’s commentary also applies to other pressing contemporary environmental issues, which debate is very often dominated by natural science disciplines.

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