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Climate politics, metaphors and the fractal carbon trap

Bernstein, Steven; Hoffmann, Matthew


The international community has treated climate change as an emissions reduction challenge, drawing on the analytical metaphor of the global commons, and thus the politics of collective action and international cooperation. So far, these strategies have failed to produce an effective global response. We propose decarbonization as the defining challenge and a new guiding metaphor for the problem structure: the global fractal. This metaphor aptly describes the decarbonization challenge, capturing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-11-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Climate Change
DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0618-2


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