Research report 2016 - Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Experiencing the global environment: Between bodily and planetary scales
Camprubí, Lino; Lehmann, Philipp
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
SummaryOne of the main difficulties of communicating the urgency of a reduction in worldwide carbon emissions lies in the mediated way in which people and governments experience the dangers of a changing climate. We perceive the temperature and humidity of our immediate surroundings at a particular moment, but we lack any direct experience of the global environment. The working group Experiencing the Global Environment at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science strives to examine the history of this perceptual gap.