Climate Change and Global Sustainability

A Holistic Approach

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Climate change owing to global warming is a paramount concern for society in the 21st century, and it is not an issue that can be solved by individual academic or scientific disciplines working in isolation. Because climate change involves a wide range of interlinked problems, solutions must be pursued in an interdisciplinary manner. This book adopts just such a holistic approach in examining various aspects of global warming, and offers readers a comprehensive overview of the problem.



Climate change risk communication

From the standpoint of an expert on climate change projections, this chapter proposes a framework of “climate change risk communication” in which various stakeholders, including citizens, experts, industries and governments, communicate with each other on climate change risks. For communication to support adaptation policy-making, specific risk information for a particular region and sector is required. It is critical for stakeholders to have a proper understanding of the uncertainties in natural climate variability and scientific projections. For communication to support developing public opinion on mitigation policies and motivations for individual actions, comprehensive risk information is required for many sectors and aspects at the global scale. It is important for experts to provide unbiased information from a value-neutral standpoint, overcoming exaggerations seen in mass media as well as scepticism. Overall, it is important to distinguish supporting decision-making from decisionmaking itself, and to develop mutual trust among stakeholders through communication.


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