Urbino, Italy was the site of a 5-day conference devoted to climate change in the Holocene organized by the University of Urbino, California Institute of Technology and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, and the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University.
Climate & the Social Sciences
A new study by Neil Pederson and four co-authors presents a 1,112-year tree-ring-based self-calibrating Palmer Drought Severity Index (scPDSI) reconstruction for the Central Mongolian warm-season, using 107 living and dead Siberian pines growing on the Khorga lava flow. The reconstruction identifies fifteen years from 1211 to 1225 CE as…
Economist Mushfiq Mobarak, an organizer of the March 26 “Adoption Gap” workshop, discusses how “bundling” components that appeal to both genders overcomes traditional reliance on black carbon-producing, health-compromising cookstoves in developing nations.
Acute respiratory infections – the result of smoky cooking fires in poorly ventilated homes – kill an estimated 4 million people each year1, most of them women and children in developing nations. Household air pollution (HAP) and the unimproved cook stoves that cause it…
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
The study of climate change, and realization that the Holocene, previously considered a period of great climatic stability experienced significant and dramatic disturbances, has occasioned new interdisciplinary study of the Maya, one of North and Central America’s great pre-Colombian civilizations. Scientists, anthropologists, archeologists, and historians have reinvigorated efforts to explain their sudden collapse, which took place from approximately 800-1000 CE in a period known as the Terminal Classic.
Humans fight over many things, including mates, money, ideas, religion, and natural resources. A recent study by Hsiang and colleagues asks how climate change might affect the frequency of human conflict.
The authors performed a meta-analysis …
“Stand up if you live in a city. Stay standing and I want you to hold this image of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in your mind. Now, imagine that the early warning sirens have gone off. When you hear the sirens, what do you do? How do you know what to do, where to go?”