A Field Guide to Climate Change
Understanding the Problems
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554815937 / 1554815932
  • 240 pages; 6" x 9"

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A Field Guide to Climate Change

Understanding the Problems

  • Publication Date: May 31, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554815937 / 1554815932
  • 240 pages; 6" x 9"

This book is a guide for understanding climate change. The guide takes an interdisciplinary approach because climate change is simultaneously a matter of science, engineering, economics, politics, culture, ethics, and more. The guide thus follows the contours of climate change as it appears in the world—as a tangle of problems. It builds climate literacy as a form of problem-posing by offering a set of tools for understanding how problems get framed, debated, and resolved. Through developing climate literacy, students gain the ability to think critically about how facts are constructed and mobilized in the pursuit of values.

Part One (Big Picture and Fundamentals) provides basic definitions and broad orientation by situating climate change within larger contexts like the Anthropocene, international climate diplomacy, sustainable development, and “green growth.” Part Two (Climate Sciences) offers tools for understanding climate science, its historical development, and its place in society by asking: who knows, what do we know, and how do we know it? Part Three (Politics, Ethics, and Policy) shows how to analyze debates about climate change policies from mitigation to rewilding.

Introduction: Teaching and Learning in the Tangle

Part I: The Big Picture and Fundamentals

  • Chapter 1: The Anthropocene and Development
  • Chapter 2: What is Climate Change?
  • Chapter 3: Framing the Climate Problem: What are the Goals?
  • Chapter 4: Green Growth or Degrowth?

Part II: Climate Sciences

  • Chapter 5: Who Knows? Institutions and Norms
  • Chapter 6: What do we Know? Knowledge and Uncertainty
  • Chapter 7: How do we Know? Methods and Tools

Part III: Climate Politics, Ethics, and Policy

  • Chapter 8: Climate Politics
  • Chapter 9: Climate Ethics and Justice
  • Chapter 10: Climate Policy Fundamentals and Frameworks
  • Chapter 11: Mitigation, Adaptation, and Finance
  • Chapter 12: Geoengineering and Rewilding

Adam Briggle is a Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Texas. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  • • Interdisciplinary approach offers instruction in the science and social aspects of climate change
  • • Activities and discussion questions at the end of each chapter
  • • Instructor companion website includes quiz questions and presentation slides for each chapter
  • • Student website includes lecture videos recorded by the author
  • • Author also has a course website with notes and additional slides
  • • Contains nearly 60 images, including graphs, charts, diagrams, and photographs to help students understand key concepts concerning the science, ethics, and political aspects of climate change