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Climate Change Concern is (Unfortunately) Bringing Back Equilibrium Ecology

Authors: Mark Blumler*, SUNY-Binghamton
Topics: Biogeography, Climatology and Meteorology, Environmental Science
Keywords: Plant ecology, Climate science, Environmental policy
Session Type: Paper
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Science developed within a Judeo-Christian context, and creationist ideas persisted after Darwin. Though modified and problematized as science progressed, they also frequently were reinforced and reinvigorated because of their persistence within society. The environmental movement originated at a time when equilibrium ecology prevailed, and on the whole the movement continues to subscribe to equilibrium views of nature. Because of the intense and highly polarized nature of the climate change debate, and the heavy involvement of non-academics, older beliefs are becoming more prominent again within environmental sciences, despite the lack of supporting evidence. In this talk I trace some of the threads of influence, such as in fire ecology, and draw some conclusions re ways that climate change science might be improved.

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