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How can climate change scepticism be explained?

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I have just read this article by Robert Manne, professor of politics at La Trobe University, Australia, where he discusses five plausible hypotheses to explain climate change scepticism: (1) the influence of vested economic interest, (2)  the role played by the mass media, (3) ideological rationalisations, (4) a certain kind of individual who is offended by the conclusions of the climate scientists, and (5) sceptics are telling people what they most wish to hear. All five hypotheses make sense to me; however, number five is the one that very often comes to mind when contemplating the willingness of Western developed societies to take action in the face of climate change on one hand, and the […] Continue Reading…

December 11, 2011   No Comments

Research on Ocean Circulation and Blue Carbon

Just received the link to the video on the IAI research on how ocean circulation affects blue carbon, which examines the links between biological carbon sequestration, chemical absorption, physical transport and possible re-release to the atmosphere; and what this implies for carbon management options.

For more information on this topic see the post Is continental shelf production mitigating climate change?

December 7, 2011   No Comments

Feeding a Growing Global Population

Presentation by Jonathan Foley from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.

How will nine billion people be able to eat without undermining the very basis for food production? This was the starting point for a seminar in Stockholm on 7 November.

The seminar, which was organised by the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) brought together international leaders with early-career researchers working on global food security.

In this presentation, Jonathan Foley articulated the key challenges to global food security and highlight the latest trends and projections.

Foley recently co-authored together with centre director Johan Rockström and others the article Solutions for a Cultivated Planet which was published in Nature in October 2011.

Source: Stockholm Resilience Centre

December 5, 2011   No Comments

Assessing the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

By Andrea Brock & Ruben Zondervan

The upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will focus on two themes: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. These two themes have received ample attention by a wide range of stakeholders over the past months already – and will increasingly do so as the conference draws closer and the preparatory process get more intense.

The global environmental change research community is also joining this process towards Rio+20. The four global environmental change research programmes (IHDP, IGBP, Diversitas and WCRP), as organizers of their joint Planet under Pressure Conference, have commissioned nine policy assessments with the aim to make concrete science-based policy […] Continue Reading…

December 1, 2011   No Comments

Is continental shelf production mitigating climate change?

South America Shelf

The Ocean over the Patagonian continental shelf absorbs about 17 million metric tons of carbon per year, the equivalent to all the carbon content of one hundred thousand hectares of rainforest, studies have revealed.

Just a week before the start of the next round of UN Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, scientists funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) underscore the importance of understanding the links between biological carbon sequestration, chemical absorption, physical transport and possible re-release to the atmosphere and what this implies for carbon management options.

Although production fluxes in Patagonia and over other […] Continue Reading…

November 24, 2011   No Comments

Surviving the Population Bomb

We are now 7 billion people on the Planet! Is it sustainable? Below is an interview with Paul Ehrlich on this issue.

It took humankind 1800 years to get from a global population of about 200 million to 1 billion. But it only took us 200 years to go from a billion to 7 billion. Most students of population agree that the planet cannot support current rates of population growth for much longer. This week Sea Change Radio begins a two-week series on population. Today we spend the whole show talking with Paul R. Ehrlich, author of the environmental classic, The Population Bomb and one of the foremost scholars on the subject. Dr. Ehrlich talks with host Alex Wise about […] Continue Reading…

November 1, 2011   No Comments

Are Governments Ready for Rio 2012?

Guest post by Carole Excell

Photo credit: flickr/David Berkowitz

Though the next Earth Summit, Rio+20, will take place next June, few governments have started to seriously assess their progress towards achieving the internationally agreed upon sustainable development goals outlined in the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, according to a recent survey from the Access Initiative.

Time is running short. In order to have a successful Rio+20, governments must submit meaningful and ambitious goals to the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document by November 1, which will outline the agenda and discussion points for Rio+20.

At the 1992 Earth Summit, governments gathered to rethink economic development, protection of the environment, and empowerment of people. Two of the most notable outcomes […] Continue Reading…

July 13, 2011   No Comments

Meeting the Humanities on Climate Change

July 2011

The July issue of Nature Climate Change brings a commentary by Mike Hulmes (Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, UK) where he argues for greater attention to be paid to the interpretative social sciences and humanities in our attempts to understand the implications of climate change. Nature Climate Change introduces his commentary:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is hugely influential in setting the tone for wider social and political engagement with climate change. Mike Hulme highlights the limited uptake of social science material into the IPCC assessment reports despite the proliferation of social science research on climate issues. He argues that nature and society are so deeply entangled that research […] Continue Reading…

July 4, 2011   No Comments

Trouble in the Triangle

Source: modified from  Stockholm Resilience Centre

Protection of the Coral Triangle is complicated by a spectrum of differing interests and actors

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So-called common-pool resources are notoriously difficult to govern and the Coral Triangle region is not an exception. This archipelagic region, which consists of of Indonesia, Malaysia (Sabah), the Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, contains 76 percent of the world’s reef fishes and is regarded as the global epicentre of marine biodiversity and abundance.

Differing perspectives
In a paper recently published in Marine Policy, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Stockholm Resilience Centre analyse the diversity of factors that affect new governance initiatives of large-scale marine […] Continue Reading…

June 14, 2011   No Comments

Climate Scentists Rapping

Climate scientists getting their message across, as rappers; cool… and funny to watch.

And here are the lyrics:

yo….we’re climate scientists.. and there’s no denying this Climate Change Is REEEEALL..
Who’s a climate scientist..
I’m a climate scientist..
Not a cleo finalist
No a climate scientist
Droppin facts all over this wax
While bidness be crying about a carbon tax
Climate change is caused by people
Earth Unlike Alien Has no sequel
We gotta move fast or we’ll be forsaken,
Cause we were too busy suckin things Copenhagen: (Politician)
I said Burn! it’s hot in here..
32% more carbon in the atmosphere.
Oh Eee Ohh Eee oh wee ice ice ice
Raisin’ sea levels twice by twice
We’re scientists, what we speak is True.
Unlike Andrew Bolt our work is Peer Reviewed… ooohhh
Who’s a climate scientist..
I’m a […] Continue Reading…

May 16, 2011   No Comments