Week 13

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

This is probably my favorite book of the semester. Not only does it present facts in an easy to understand way but Stoknes uses psychology to help us understand why these facts do not convince, or even push away, people. The problem does not have to do with the facts but with how they are delivered. People are not responsive when told that they are to blame for climate change, instead it fosters a feeling of resentment and ultimately denial to make them feel better about things they feel they have little to no control over. Instead of attacking people on the ‘opposite side’ we need to make actions towards climate change mitigation sound more appealing, fun even. Stoknes takes an optimistic view towards todays climate dilemma and how we still have a hope to reverse the effects before it’s too late while most of our other books have either been strictly fact or doom and gloom.

Environmental News

‘Rare’ Jellyfish Not So Rare

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Rhizostoma luteum was first discovered in the Strait of Gibraltar in 1827 and then never again, until 2013 when scientists identified it in the Mediterranean. Using phylogenetic analysis scientists have confirmed sightings of Rhizostoma luteum since 1827 under different species. It turns out that they look similar enough to at least 3 different species in the area that during the 60 years of ‘no sightings’ they were just being misidentified.

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