Blogs and written stuff

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Climate policy based on economics or reality?

This blog explores the fact that many economists and climate scientists have very different views on the severity of the climate crisis. Many climate scientists are becoming increasingly alarmed at our lack of progress on dealing with the climate crisis, while some economists only see marginal effects of climate change on economic growth in the future.

This blog explores the chasm between how Mother Nature and some climate economic models behave. It is written by Kevin Noone, Alasdair Skelton and Paul Glantz, all at the Department of Environmental Science, Stockholm University.

The Case of the Missing Anthropocene

In early March 2024, the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, a subcommittee of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, itself a constituent body of the International Union of Geological Sciences, voted not to recognise the reality of the Anthropocene with an “official” name. The vote is being contested for “procedural irregularities”.

Regardless what happens with the further development of this naming story, the reality that we are well and truly in the Anthropocene epoch will guide researchers in trying to help figure out how to handle this new era in a just and equitable manner such that all of us flourish.

This blog is a response by myself and two Stockholm University colleagues – Christina Fredengren from the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and Alasdair Skelton, Department of Geological Sciences. We disagree with this decision, and hope that the members of the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy will awaken to the fact that we are all breathing from an atmosphere that none of our human ancestors ever experienced, and that this new human-driven state deserves to be acknowledged.