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University of Central Florida

2015

Environmental

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Risk Perceptions Of Climate Change In International Environmental Negotiations, Christine Dellert Jan 2015

Risk Perceptions Of Climate Change In International Environmental Negotiations, Christine Dellert

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Climate change poses an unprecedented risk to global human security and future generations. Yet actions to mitigate or adapt to the changing climate system vary greatly among countries and their constituencies. Despite mounting evidence detailing the economic, social, and ecological risks of climate change, many scholars agree that the greatest threats associated with climate change involve delaying or ignoring necessary action. Using theorizing of “risk society” from Ulrich Beck and others, this thesis examines how countries, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and business interests construct the risk of climate change and how their respective discourses conflict in international environmental negotiations. This ...