Eric Winsberg: Philosophy and Climate Science
As I am writing this review in July of 2019, Germany is experiencing its second major heatwave in less than 6 weeks, with temperatures soaring to more than 42 degrees Celsius in some places—higher than anything previously measured in the country—only days after the preceding month of June was declared the hottest ever recorded on Earth (with the current month being well on track to shatter this record). 8 of the 10 hottest years worldwide, as recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S., have been in the last decade; meanwhile, global carbon emissions reached an all-time high in 2018, with atmospheric CO2levels now permanently above 405 ppm, about 60% more than pre-industrial levels. After many years of neglecting the topic, academic philosophers, and philosophers of science in particular, have recently, over the last decade or so, begun to turn their attention to climate science—both as a source of knowledge about one of the main environmental...
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