WEB ROUNDUP II: politics, weather talk, blogs and more


So Much Is Happening - politics, Publications, blogs, practical tips - And This Roundup Provides A Selective Overview Of Exciting human Climate-Change developments.

Please email me at heid.jerstad@ed.ac.uk with finds/tips for the next roundup :)

 

Climate change online has been particularly political recently, and Mike Hulme wrote about how populist politics on both sides of the Atlantic has drawn attention away from the longer term climatic challenge. Polly Toynbee made a similar point about there always being a more current story. Related to this, there has been talk in the UK and US about opinion and information divides in society, how we are stuck in 'bubbles', never meet the 'other half' or anyone we really disagree with and so on. This seems to be particularly an issue when media professionals and academics are almost all on one side of the conversation. Gabrielle Jackson suggested using weather talk to help break through these barriers. In the unlikely event your weather talk has dried up, Alexandra Harris, who wrote Weatherland, has made a series of radio programmes on weather which can replenish your supply and also make for a soothing listen on your run, commute or while doing the washing up. And if you need some quick climate facts for that lift/tube/train conversation as it gets going, NASA has an evidence page that has not so far gone the way of the EPA.

 

There are a lot of blogs out there on the human dimensions of climate change. Not all are equally active. Stories from the Anthropocene, for instance, looks highly intriguing, but hasn't been active since 2015. The Engendering Climate Change blog, launched by an organisation of female leaders in the Asia Pacific region, has some interesting content but hasn't been updated since 2011. The Anthropocene Review, on the other hand, is more of a journal than a blog, but provides a good, informative starting point for those new to the anthropocene concept with an emphasis on reviewing books, so plugging in to those larger conversations. Seeds of Good Anthropocenes is another active initiative, this one mapping instances of positive change - to build the vision of good possible anthropocenes. If you aren't familiar with the Anthropocene term, it came from geology as a suggestion that the Holocene (the geological era we are in, which has been around since the climate stabilised enough for farming to happen around 10k years ago) has ended and we are in a new era because the changes that humans are causing - to the climate, to terrestrial landforms etc - are comparable to the changes previously referred to when determining the shifts between geological eras.

 

Lastly, here are a few bits and pieces that are neither blogs nor politics as such to round off the review. If you haven't seen the multi-authored article descriptively titled Contribution of Anthropology to the Study of Climate Change in Nature (sadly behind a paywall for those without institutional access), it's a nice summary of some of the main contributions anthropology can make (and is making), and makes some pertinent points such as 'underdeveloped' not necessarily translating to 'low adaptive capacity'. The call for papers for the Environments and the Ecological Self conference at the University of Rochester has closed, but it is open to the public and there is no need for registration, so if you are northeast US/southeast Canada based and around in early April it's worth considering. Finally, the Guardian published a simple overview of how to reduce a carbon footprint, in case you are feeling inspired to action after being exposed to all these exciting resources!