“I’m not an academic, I’m just a person. What can I do to fight climate change?” This question came from a young woman at our first 42_analog panel discussion in London. Sitting in the row behind her, I admired her courage. But at the same time, I felt a twang of pain at hearing her words.
The past summer in Europe has been extremely hot and dry – the new normal or an exception to the rule? With Dr Friederike Otto, we take a look in the mirror to acknowledge the consequences of man-made climate change as our reflection increasingly gains profile with the help of attribution science.
We love fictional catastrophes, but what happens when the catastrophe becomes reality without us realising it? Speaking to 42 Magazine, Prof. Dr Eva Horn of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Vienna explains why we fail to acknowledge climate change even though humans have been actively altering our climate for millennia. In order to respond to this ecological crisis, Eva Horn is re-examining democratic processes and calling for alternative models of collective decision-making.
Historians are specialists in reconstructing the past, but in the case of climate change, they have played a critical role in understanding the present. In his interview with 42 Magazine, Dr Richard Staley explains how historians have changed climate science, and how climate scientists have shaped the history of the climate.
Solar Geoengineering seeks nothing less than to modify the atmosphere of our planet in order to make it more reflective to sunlight. Gernot Wagner, the executive director of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, explains the basic principles, the state of research as well as the opportunities and dangers of this idea.
Anyone who is interested in stopping climate change will inevitably encounter the following questions: “What are governments doing to stop climate change?” and “What is really needed to achieve a change in climate policy?” In conversation with 42 Magazine, Prof. Dr. Anthony Patt explains why governments have to act, instead of asking individuals to change their consuming behavior.
The facts are clear: the earth is heating up. Scientific consensus tells us: We are responsible for it. Though some people are still not convinced, nor – it seems – want to be convinced. Why is that? Professor of Philosophy N. Ángel Pinillos talks to 42 Magazine about the theory behind the doubt. About what it means to know something and whether or not it is justified to doubt scientists. He also proposes a strategy for dealing with sceptics on a day to day basis.
The consequences of climate change are well known, yet many people find it difficult to change their behaviour. One of the challenges is that the necessary global improvement of the climatic situation often entails direct costs for the individual. The psychologist Dr Judith Tonner explains how sustainable behaviour can be promoted with the help of psychotherapeutic methods.
What is the present and future role of developing countries regarding climate protection? Dr. Maximiliane Sievert explains the importance of sustainable energy access for the climate and for development. By using the example of resource-friendly cookers, she shows that development and climate protection are not mutually exclusive.
AfD, Ukip or FPÖ: right-wing populist parties stand out because of their statements regarding the reality of climate change. Is there an overall pattern? In a recent study, Alexander Carius and Stella Schaller have researched the attitudes of the European Right on matters of climate change. They talk about the motives and arguments of these parties in an interview with 42 Magazine – and highlight how the protection of climate needs to change so as not to provide them with further ammunition.
The principles of climate change have been known for a long time, but little has happened with regard to reducing carbon emissions. Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of the book Climate Leviathan, offer a radical way of rethinking the political and economic consequences of our overheated world. Does capitalism need to be confronted if we’re going to produce a just response to climate change? In conversation with 42 Magazine, they argue that climate change will change the world’s political economy and the political agreements that we often take for granted.