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Climate change: a virtual special issue

To support the efforts of the UN Conference on Climate Change 2015 (COP 21) in Paris, the Editors-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) have organized a Virtual Special Issue focusing on climate change. Professor Jeroen van der Sluijs from UiB is one of the selected contributors.

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"Reflections from a democratic perspective on the interaction between climate politics and science

Jeroen P. van der Sluijs, University of Bergen,  Norway
Science-policy interface institutions, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), play a primary role in the legitimation of climate policies. In our paper [1] we criticised the dominant linear science-policy interface model where facts determine good policies and calculation is seen as key to well-informed good governance. We proposed a deliberative model as a promising complementary approach to interface climate science and policy. This approach is based on openness about uncertainty and ignorance, systematic reflection and argued choice.This remedies the basic weakness of the Linear Model that underexposes scientific and political dissent. The approach can also fruitfully broaden the option space for decision making and enhance societies’ capacity to deal with uncertainties surrounding knowledge production and knowledge use, while managing climate risks."

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