Climate & the Social Sciences

Can't Stand the Smoke

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…

A Public Political Ecology of the Carbon Economy. Tracey Osborne

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.

Climate and the Collapse of the Maya

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.

Praxis, Ethics & Outcomes From Doing Science in a Nuclear World. Barbara Rose Johnston

Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy. She has served as a scientific advisor in a number of international, national, and community-based forums, including the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal, where her research on the biomedical, psychosocial, cultural, and environmental impacts of the United States nuclear weapons testing program and the history and consequences of a classified human radiation experimentation program informed tribunal proceedings, supported judgments, and prompted a subsequent United Nations Human Rights Council investigation. An award-winning author, she has published definitive works that shape the interdisciplinary field of political ecology and demonstrate the power of a science and human rights approach in action-research. Recent major publications include: Consequential Damages of Nuclear War – The Rongelap Report (Left Coast Press 2008); Life and Death Matters: Human Rights, Environment and Social Justice, 2nd edition (Left Coast Press, 2011); and Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? (UNESCO & Springer, 2012).



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