Guest Post By Kiminori Itoh who is Professor in the Graduate School for Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan.
I recently wrote an article in a Japanese physics journal for laymen (“Mentality of the global warming affair: socio-psychological aspect of climate change issue,” Parity, Vol. 27, No. 1, (2012) 90-93 (in Japanese unfortunately)) on the global warming issue from the view point of social psychology. In particular, I tried to characterize the psychological origin of the very simple idea that anthropogenic emission of CO2 is a main cause of climate changes and that the reduction of its emission can reduce the climate changes. The following is an excerpt of the relevant part translated in English.