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Accessing the glocality of climate change: a cognitive fallacy

This paper addresses some methodological biases present in the mode of understanding climate change through scientific research. These overlapping biases are referred to as glocality. The paper argues that as a device of the cognitive globalisation around environmental issues, glocality operates in science as a cognitive form of ubiquity deriving from an attempt to compress the spatiotemporal dimension of the changing weather within the time and space of the mind. In the case of climate change, it refers to three focal points summarised as problems of climate change’s phenomena problem of the ontologies of climate change’s phenomena and problem of the logics of climate change’s phenomena. The paper illustrates the inherent relationship between scientific knowledge and political power, a relationship, which according to the author, we cannot override but only understand and monitor.