Recognitions and Responsibilities: On the Origins and Consequences of the Uneven Attention to Climate Change Around the World

Current Anthropology, Forthcoming

28 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2014 Last revised: 20 Jun 2014

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Ben Orlove

School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University MC 3323

Heather Lazrus

Independent

Grete Hovelsrud

Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)

Alessandra Giannini

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

We seek to present and examine a claim: in recent years, global attention to climate change has been distributed unevenly, seeing the impacts of climate change as an urgent concern in some places and less pressing in others. Some changes - the melting of ice in polar regions, the rising sea levels that threaten low-lying islands - are recognized as harmful consequences of climate change, while other changes - shifts in mountain ecosystems, the spread of deserts - are not seen as serious or as closely linked to it. We focus on these four regions to argue that the distribution of concern about climate change impacts is historically situated and constructed rather than solely a reflection of environmental dynamics.

Keywords: climate change, anthropology, global warming

Suggested Citation

Orlove, Ben and Lazrus, Heather and Hovelsrud, Grete and Giannini, Alessandra, Recognitions and Responsibilities: On the Origins and Consequences of the Uneven Attention to Climate Change Around the World (June 2014). Current Anthropology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2387809

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Heather Lazrus

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Grete Hovelsrud

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Alessandra Giannini

International Research Institute for Climate and Society ( email )

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