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“It is patriotic to protect the climate”

Sverker Sörlin (KTH Professor of Environmental History and member of the Swedish Climate Council 2018-2022), Maria Wolrath Söderberg (docent in rhetorics with a specialisation in climate adaptation, Södertörns högskola)  and Nina Wormbs (KTH Professor of History of Technology) have published a highly commentated opinion piece in Dagens Nyheter on 25 September 2022. Following Sweden’s close … Continue reading ““It is patriotic to protect the climate””

How Scholars Reason About Air Travel

Nina Wormbs, professor in history of technology at the division, has published a chapter together with Elina Eriksson (KTH Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap) and Maria Wolrath Söderberg (Södertörn) about the debate on flying in academia. This chapter with the title “Exceptionalism and Evasion: How Scholars Reason About Air Travel” is part of the edited … Continue reading “How Scholars Reason About Air Travel”

Shifting Baselines – Acclimatization as a Coping Strategy to Climate Change?

By Sabine Höhler, Professor and Head of Division I am spending a long weekend with my parents in the Lower Rhine region, not far from the Ruhr area. It is the end of August in Germany and, like much of Europe, the country is suffering from persistent heat and drought. It’s that “summer of the … Continue reading “Shifting Baselines – Acclimatization as a Coping Strategy to Climate Change?”

What will happen to the Ågesta Nuclear Power Plant?

Our colleague Anna Storm (now professor of technology and social change at Linköping University) has been involved in an intellectual exchange with the state-owned power company Vattenfall about the future of Ågesta Nuclear Power Plant in the context of its decommissioning in the magazine NyTeknik. In Anna’s first article from 28 July 2022, she displays … Continue reading “What will happen to the Ågesta Nuclear Power Plant?”

New Article: A New Earth Rises

Erik Isberg, PhD-student at the division within the SPHERE-project, has published a new article with the title “A new Earth rises. How did the planet replace the nation-state to become the prime political object of the 21st century?”. You can read and even listen to the full text on the Aeon-Website. Here is a small … Continue reading “New Article: A New Earth Rises”

Will the 1.5°C-climate limit be already broken by 2026?

It is no news that we are in a situation of climate crisis right now. Temperatures are going wild in many places of the earth. Already since March a severe heat wave struck Pakistan and India, affecting hundreds of millions of people. In the Pakistani city of Nawabshah a high temperature of 49.5 °C was … Continue reading “Will the 1.5°C-climate limit be already broken by 2026?”

The metaphor of ocean “health” is problematic

Susanna Lidström (researcher at KTH), Tirza Meyer (postdoc at KTH) and former division’s PhD-colleague Jesse Peterson (now postdoc at Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) have published an exciting opinion piece about our approach towards the ocean in the context of climate change and increased pollution. The authors argue that the health metaphor would be problematic in regard to … Continue reading “The metaphor of ocean “health” is problematic”

Erik Isberg on “Jorden. Vår planets historia och framtid”

Division PhD-colleague Erik Isberg (SPHERE Project) has published an exciting review of “Jorden. Vår planets historia och framtid” (by Johan Rockström and Owen Gaffney) in Expressen Kultur on 24 January 2021. In the following we present a translated summary: Erik Isberg: Will the climate lead Jeff Bezos to vote left? Climate scientist Johan Rockström and … Continue reading “Erik Isberg on “Jorden. Vår planets historia och framtid””

Exploring nuclear Germany

This text was first published by Per Högselius on the Nuclearwaters-Blog on 3 December 2021. Exploring nuclear Germany As the most recent wave of the corona pandemic rolls in over Europe, it seems that much of the past summer and autumn was a narrow window of opportunity for international travel. I now feel happy that … Continue reading “Exploring nuclear Germany”

”Två fel gör inte ett rätt” – How China is taken as an argument to not act for the climate

Nina Wormbs, Professor of History of Technology at the division, has published an article relevant in the context of the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter on 17 November 2021. In the following we will present a short summary of its main points in English, while you can read … Continue reading “”Två fel gör inte ett rätt” – How China is taken as an argument to not act for the climate”