February 25, 2015
Book description: Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, or climate modeling; rather, it is the product of contrasting, deeply entrenched worldviews. This brief examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology, and political science, Andrew J. Hoffman lays bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. He then extracts lessons from major cultural shifts in the past to engender a better understanding of the problem and motivate the public to take action. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.
This book has been featured in:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education – February 9, 2015
Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy (pdf)
- Ross Thought in Action – February 25, 2015
How to Bridge the Climate Change Stalemate (pdf)
- GreenBiz – February 27, 2015
From Al Gore to Solyndra, 4 ways culture shapes the climate debate (pdf)
- Marketplace – February 27, 2015
Tallying the economic winners of the status quo (pdf)
February 12, 2015
Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Professor at SNRE and graduate student Joshua Novacheck reviewed the potential scenarios of an expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in the state of Michigan. They found that the reduction of carbon could have significant environmental benefits. Read more about their research (pdf) or online here.
This research was funded by the U-M Energy Institute with contributions from Professor Mark Barteau and Thomas Lyon.
February 9, 2015
Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman believes that research only used for academic purposes “is dangerous–for both society and higher education”. This article urges academic scholars to reach broader audiences, and provide solutions to some of the biggest problems our society currently faces. Read more: Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy (pdf) or online here
January 20, 2015
January 16, 2015
December 15, 2014
Utilities invite you to compare your energy use with your neighbor’s. Does this help drive down consumption? Erb’s Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, believes it does. Read Utility customers bristle at comparisons of neighbors (pdf) or read it online.
December 10, 2014
On Friday, December 5th, the sixth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition was hosted at the Ross School of Business by the Ross Energy Club. Teams represented Business schools from across the U.S. and included Northwestern (Kellogg), UNC (Kenan-Flagler), Duke University (Faqua) and the Ross School of Business.
Congratulations to the winning team, Hertz Lockers from the Ross School of Business! Read more about the teams and the competition
December 10, 2014
November 22, 2014
November 21, 2014
Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, is quoted in an International Business Times story on the renewable energy targets within large corporations from environmental groups. Read more about renewable energy targets within large corporations (pdf) or read it online.