Sorry to be so uninteresting of late. While waiting for me to hammer my thesis together, why not read some fine web comics:
These have all been mentioned here before, but may prove novel to those who haven’t been paying very close attention. Feel free to suggest more to one another.
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On the continuing matter of the thesis: I have masses of book and journal sources for my fourth chapter – on remedy design – but I need to work to keep the focus on the role of science. As such, the big question is what role scientists and scientific organizations play in the design and implementation of remedies to environmental problems generally, and specifically those involving climate change and persistent organic pollutants. While it is clear enough in the case of technical solutions and the development of substitute and alternative technologies, it is a lot less straightforward when the chosen approach is based on managing behaviour through economic or legal means. Should scientists calculate the maximum allowable level of emissions and then walk away from the process? Should their expertise translate into any kind of influence on political or ethical decisions?
The hardest thing is thinking about climate change as a research problem, rather than as a policy problem. The requirements of each of those treatments are rather different, though the latter is clearly much more important.