Do Global Warming and Climate Change Represent a Serious Threat to Our Welfare and Environment

The subjects of “global warming” and “climate change” have become parts of both the popular lexicon and the public discourse. Discussions of global warming often evoke passionate responses and fierce debate between adherents to different views of the threat posed. Yet there are many nuances regarding global warming, climate change, and the threats they represent that are not well understood by the public. The public’s conceptual understanding hinges largely on images and paradigms within the popular culture that are often little more than caricatures of the actual, underlying scientific concepts. To appreciate the potential threat that climate change and global warming represent to human society, living things, and our environment, it is necessary that we first understand the true science underlying these phenomena.

Michael E. Mann
Published in: Social Philosophy and Policy
2009 26 (2) Pages 193-230