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Peter Rudiak-Gould

physical scientists, experimental psychologists do show interest in lay perceptions of climate and of the issue of global climate change ( Feinberg and Willer 2011 ; Feygina et al. 2010 ; Spence et al. 2011 ; Swim et al. 2009 ). Yet, rarely do experimental psychologists portray those lay perceptions as reliable or legitimate or as being anything other than the imagined visibility of climate change. The authors of a report by the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Interface

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Mimi Stith, Alessandra Giannini, John del Corral, Susana Adamo, and Alex de Sherbinin

. , 2012 : Cereal yield response to conservation agriculture practices in drylands of West Africa: A quantitative synthesis . J. Arid Environ. , 78 , 13 – 25 , doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.10.011 . Biasutti, M. , and Giannini A. , 2006 : Robust Sahel drying in response to late 20th century forcings . Geophys. Res. Lett. , 33 , L11706 , doi: 10.1029/2006GL026067 . Boserup, E. , 1965 : The Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure . Allen

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Chie Sakakibara

People of the Whales since the beginning of the whaling war. The IWC prohibition against indigenous whaling occurred in July 1977, 1 month after the ICC first met. Just as northern whaling communities were redefining their identity beyond ethnic boundaries, an outside force pushed them even closer together. To take back the powers that they had traditionally exercised, representatives from whaling communities decided to create their own organization. Building on the precedent of the NSB and the ICC

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Sarah E. Vaughn

, Sophia residents use these testimonials to question the VCA trainees’ authority and their conventional social identities as “community advocates.” Some like Renee claim to rise above water; others wear their vulnerability like a badge of honor, optimistic that with a bit more effort they can force other people and things to become (more) accountable. But is the VCA a tool to warn North Field residents of the vulnerabilities that might have not caught their attention, or is it intended to mobilize

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Laurie Yung, Nicky Phear, Alayna DuPont, Jess Montag, and Daniel Murphy

, limiting options for collective action. If ranchers find a way to work together, they could become a powerful political force advocating for climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and for programs that benefit agricultural producers in meaningful ways (e.g., through improved insurance programs, new irrigation technologies, or funding to transition operations). However, this sort of collective action requires that ranchers envision that drought impacts them as a group, and that responses be

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Randy A. Peppler

weather (the recurrent rhythms of plant growth and animal movement and their effects on everyday life) rather than as a phenomenon of recorded climatology (the record of averages and fluctuations of atmospheric attributes without particular regard to effects on the lives of plants, animals, and humans). To the agriculturalists, fall begins or is close when the indicators tell them so. The previously described perceived unreliability of once-trusted observational signs, seen as a concern, is forcing

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Karen Pennesi

influence how forecasts are evaluated in local contexts, we gain insights that help us understand why some forecasts are perceived as more or less useful than others. For example, this research shows how predictions perceived to be too specific or overly certain were said to be less credible because they go against the idea that God is the main determiner and causal force for weather and climate conditions. Predictions that acknowledged the inherent unpredictability of seasonal climate (and other

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Valeria Hernandez, Vincent Moron, Florencia Fossa Riglos, and Eugenia Muzi

.e., increasing livestock if possible), supplies saving (which implies omitting or shortening soil preparation), and pluri-activity (as with third-party services for agribusiness). This last strategy is critical since it increases their income and buffers yield losses. If you are pressed by drought when harvesting, [then] you are lost. Because you lose the harvest (…). [Instead] Dairy will force you to give grass to the animals. You'll have a serious problem because, how are you going to feed the animals? [If

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