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  • 2022-11-10

    The Climate Long Game: An urgent call for an action research agenda

    In a recently published perspective article in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers put forward an agenda for integrated climate catastrophe assessment, emphasizing the need for in-depth understanding of climate change induced mass human mortality and even extinction.

     In a commentary article published in the same journal, Research Director of Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation and Assistant Professor of Risk and Environmental Studies Avit Bhowmik raises concern that such a research agenda risks portraying climate change as unsolvable and inevitable, and may trigger fear, hopelessness and inaction.

  • 2022-05-02

    Why Mangroves are declining globally

    Mangroves can thrive in harsh environment and are used to natural perturbations like tropical cyclones. But, with several confounding pressures exacerbating each other, mangroves fail to withstand and diminish.

    Mangroves, the coastal cousins of the inland forests, do not only represent a unique set of rich biodiversity but also provide important livelihoods, coastal defence, and carbon sinks. Yet despite their critical importance, mangrove forests sized the entire Tokyo city (8,600 km2) disappeared during the last three decades. South and Southeast Asian region encountered the highest loss with Indonesia topping the countries.

  • 2022-04-22

    Exponential climate action by diverse actors is key

    Researchers Avit Bhowmik and Sol Agin comment on the latest report from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    For the very first time, IPCC explicitly recognized and emphasized the role of diverse non-state and subnational actors in climate action. Starting at the very first page of the report, the importance of distributed and diverse climate action projects and multilevel and polycentric climate governance for sustaining the reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was highlighted throughout the report and particularly in section 14.5.

  • 2022-01-31

    Workshop on small-scale farms and sustainable farming: From how to navigate the jungle of bureaucracy, to mobile abattoirs.

    A way of life characterised by hard work and a conviction that the food we eat needs to be produced in a way that is good for humans, animals and the planet for a long time to come. Running small-scale, sustainable farming has its challenges – and opportunities. In the first workshop organised by the project Biokuma, participants got to exchange experiences and ideas.

    What was your first food memory? That was the opening question of the workshop held by the Biokuma project at the end of January. The workshop focused on biocultural heritage and alternative food production – challenges and opportunities in relation to landscape and production. The question took the participants down memory lane and stories were shared about early childhood memories, showing how important food is to us, especially from a sentimental perspective.

  • 2021-10-18

    SweDigArch enables the archaeology of the future

    SweDigArch has been awarded funding from the Swedish Research Council to create a national infrastructure for digital archaeology. The new infrastructure is a collaborative venture between six Swedish universities, the National Heritage Board and National Historical Museums. SweDigArch is a unique initiative that will link data from research, archaeological excavations and digitized museum collections. It will enable the advanced data driven analysis of complex information from the entirety of Sweden’s history, from the last Ice Age to the present day.

    Society faces major challenges towards achieving sustainable development. Archaeological and palaeoecological evidence, buried within the landscape, provides a unique time perspective with which we can meet these challenges. These traces of past human-environment interactions are not only important for understanding the past, but also allow us to formulate solutions for a sustainable future.

  • 2021-05-19

    Karlstad researcher hosts international climate discussion

    On May 20-22, the conference re: publica 2021 will broadcast live from Berlin. The programme covers a broad range of topics, from misinformation and false journalism to climate issues. Among the speakers is Avit Bhowmik, researcher in Risk and Environmental Studies, who will host a discussion on climate measures and the work on the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap.

    During three days, re: publica 2021 will broadcast a total of 37 hours with 256 speakers and 140 program points.