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Climate Change and the Museum

Decolonizing and Decarbonizing Parallels and Consequences

David C. Harvey

secure the building against climate changes that can come in the future.” January 2022: As Storm Malik hit Denmark from the northwest, forecasts predicted that the area around the Viking Ship Museum would be affected by water levels not seen since the

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The Criminalization of Climate Change Protest

Robyn E. Gulliver, Robin Banks, Kelly S. Fielding, and Winnifred R. Louis

As global environmental indicators continue to decline, the escalating effects of climate change are being felt through increased wildfires, floods, droughts, and other natural disasters ( Ripple et al. 2017 ). Australia is at the forefront of

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Internal Reasons and the Problem of Climate Change

David Hall

As far as public problems go, the problem of climate change is profound. The practical challenge can be stated generically; for instance, to act appropriately in light of knowledge of climate change. But acting appropriately has proven

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Climate Changing Small Islands

Considering Social Science and the Production of Island Vulnerability and Opportunity

Amelia Moore

This article argues that climate change has influenced the way in which small island nations are viewed and understood by the international climate community. Climate change has become an internationally recognized and specific language of vulnerability that is deployed in requests for international aid to fund adaptation and mitigation measures in some small islands, for population relocation plans and human rights advocacy in other islands, and for overhauling the 'tourism product' and creating new markets for travel in others. Vulnerability is a powerful idiom, especially in the contemporary climate context that has come to imply crisis, change, uncertainty, and immediacy. Importantly, vulnerability also gestures unambiguously toward seemingly limitless scientific and even commercial opportunity. These developments come with new forms of expertise in the natural and social sciences and the travel industry, as well as with new or reinstated forms of inequity. As the areas of small island expertise increasingly overlap, they come to reproduce the very context and form of small islands themselves.

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Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation

Perspectives from a Century of Water Resources Development

Clive Agnew and Philip Woodhouse

The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the influential Stern Report both reinforce the warming of the earth's climate system. The alarming environmental, social, and economic consequences of this trend call for immediate action from individuals, institutions, and governments. This article identifies parallels between the problem of adaptive management presented by climate change and an earlier 'global water crisis'. It explores how adaptive strategies have successively emphasized three different principles, based on science, economics, and politics/institutions. The article contends that the close association between climate change and water resources development enables a comparative analysis to be made between the strategies that have been adopted for the latter over the last 100 years. It argues that the experience of water resources development suggests a strong interdependence between the three principles and concludes that conceptualizing them as different dimensions of a single governance framework is necessary to meet the challenge of climate change adaptation.

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The Shifting Role of Climate Change in the 2021 Bundestag Election

Carol Hager

The 2021 Bundestag campaign unfolded against the backdrop of an escalating climate crisis. That spring, the German Constitutional Court rejected the 2019 Federal Climate Change Act on the grounds that it failed to protect future generations from

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Controversies in Climate Change Economics

Robert Eastwood

This article is a non-technical review of the economics of global policy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Quite a lot is known about the likely physical consequences of anthropogenic climate change, but much uncertainty remains. In particular, account needs to be taken of possible catastrophes such as ice sheet melting. How are we to balance the known costs of taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the present against the uncertain benefits of such action for future generations? How convincing is the case for substantial measures to be undertaken now? If the case for such action is accepted, should emissions be controlled via Kyoto-style national emissions targets or by the imposition of carbon taxes? How can the challenges of burden sharing between developed and developing countries be addressed?

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Climate Change and Resilience Perspectives

Brazilian Museums and Their Challenges

Marcus Vinicius Rosário da Silva and Sheila Walbe Ornstein

According to Janet Swim and colleagues (2017: 102) , “climate change is considered by the scientific community to be one of the major environmental issues of the 21st century.” Museums, in turn, can exhibit the risks of climate change, and

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change

Expressions of Global Ecological and Societal Misbalances

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

climate change, bio-degeneration, and the ongoing pollution of nature, new steps for bridging the natural and the human sciences are a conditio sine qua non for understanding the complexity of the multidimensionality of critical situations that demand

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It's time to (climate) change the way we teach

Addressing anthropogenic climate change in social science classrooms

Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet

For years at the large state university where I teach, I watched groups of students present to their peers information and research on specific aspects of climate change. Topics ranging from CO2 emissions to Coral Bleaching, Climate Refugees and