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Living in DenialClimate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life$
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Kari Marie Norgaard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015448

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015448.001.0001

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“Experiencing” Global Warming: Troubling Events and Public Silence

“Experiencing” Global Warming: Troubling Events and Public Silence

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Living in Denial

Kari Marie Norgaard

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the indifferent attitude of the general public of Bygdaby toward the most disastrous environmental problems facing the world. It addresses this by citing events, issues, and the extent of public indifference toward global warming in Bygdaby. One such unusual climatic event in Bygdaby is the instance of a warmer winter in 2000–2001, with late snowfall and significant adverse impacts on recreational and economic activities of the community. Many such unusual national and international climate change events have forced discussions on issues of global warming but without any tangible action from the public to address such issues. The chapter also suggests that the collective efforts from politicians and the public play a key role in addressing such threatening issues of climate change in an effective manner.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, environmental problems, economic activities

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