The trouble with deficits

Commentary on: “Misperceptions of climate-change risk as barriers to climate-change adaptation: a case study from the Rewa Delta, Fiji,” Lata and Nunn (2012)

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    The discovery by experts of various public deficits has long been commented upon by social scientists. In particular, social scientists have noted that “others’ deficits” often tell us more about ourselves than they do about those of whom we ostensibly speak, and that these “deficits” are often wrongly taken as adequate explanation for motivation and action (see e.g., Kuper 2005; Wynne 2006).

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    For an interesting recent discussion see ‘The uncertainty in climate modeling,’ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 22 April 2008. (; accessed 1 April 2013.


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Hall, E.F., Sanders, T. The trouble with deficits. Climatic Change 118, 501–504 (2013).

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