Books et al.Essay Review

The Climate Change Debates

Science  04 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5983, pp. 1230-1234
DOI: 10.1126/science.1189312

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Having expanded far beyond atmospheric science, the contentious debate over the prospects of disruptive changes in Earth's climate now also encompasses important political, economic, and social issues. The eight books considered in Kitcher's essay review discuss some of the causes and consequences of the present controversy and how we might best move forward from it. The still-raging clashes on the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the actions we should take to mitigate its effects also raise fundamental questions about how science should work in democratic societies. (Join a discussion of this article online at http://tiny.cc/clichng.)