In Germany, an interesting shift in climate research can be noticed. On spiegel-online, the journalist Alex Bojanowski picked up a recent trend and interviewed several researchers, mostly from the field of cultural and social sciences about the future of climate negotiations after Doha. In his article "Rethinking global warming: Experts call for end to climate mega summits", he states:
Top climate researchers have had enough, though. Several leading experts at internationally renowned institutes in Germany are demanding an end to the climate summit charade. It is time to begin confronting the reality of a warmer future rather than meekly insisting that global warming can be slowed without taking action to make that happen, they say.The article sums up several arguments which already were expressed not at least here on Klimazwiebel, such as discarding the 2 degree goal and focusing instead on regional activities. Maybe the most surprising fact is the emergence of social sciences in the mainstream climate debate, which is in Germany dominated by natural scientists, often in close vicinity to politics.
(This is the English version of an article on spiegel-online, which we disussed already here in German language).