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

GUEST: Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist specializing in Climate and environmental strategies, economic psychology, and energy systems. He is the author of the new book ‘What We Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action’.

This interview was originally broadcast on May 20, 2015.

The warming of our planet is unarguably the greatest existential threat facing the human species, and for that matter, most other species. The release of greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere has had predictable results – extreme weather is more common, and the specter of runaway warming is quite real. Each week a new study warning of the catastrophic impacts of climate change haunts us. But strangely, public opinion about the reality of climate change is quite out of step with the overwhelming evidence. In fact, it almost appears as though the more evidence there is, the more denial there is.

For more information about the author, visit stoknesdotcom.wordpress.com.