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The new science on climate extremes that can help refuel the climate movement. A COP25 side event

students at climate strike in Lund On the 2nd of December, on the grand opening of the COP25, LUCSUS will organise an event on whether attribution science and new legal frameworks can refuel the climate movement in the context of climate emergency.

Impact story: Increasing understanding and awareness of how individuals can make the most effective choices for the climate

Infographic illustrating effective individual lifestyle choices. Made by Catrin Jakobsson. Few research publications reach outside the realm of academia and even fewer make an impact on sustainability debates and societal issues. Kimberly Nicholas’ research on lifestyle choices to reduce your carbon footprint is unique in its reach and impact on society.

Science has much to offer social movements in the face of planetary emergencies

Climate demonstration in London. Photo: Pixabay. Four LUCSUS researchers argue in an article in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution that the most important, powerful and unique contribution science can make to social movements is to share arduously accumulated knowledge about processes of social and political change.

Impact story: Building capacity and improving everyday life in sub-Saharan Africa

Emma Johansson It is not easy to make ends meet for many smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Everyday life is a complex management of many activities, especially for women, such as providing, preparing and cooking food; provide water and energy for cooking; manage farm activities; rearing children; and not least ensure that the family is healthy. Ill-health can easily tip families into abject poverty. Improving everyday life, particularly reducing the risk of ill-health, is essential for people to get out of poverty. 

Programme for the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019

 A picture of flooding. More than 100 researchers from all over the world will gather at LUCSUS for the very first international conference on loss and damage from climate-related events.

Research interview: Darin Wahl is excited about the idea of cultural narratives in connection with sustainability

Darin Wahl, researcher at LUCSUS. "My research interests spiral around ideas of change in core beliefs, and in embedded behavior patterns and practices."

LUMES students take on real world sustainability problems

Students from LUMES Batch 22 showcasing their Knowledge-to-Action projects. In LUMES, LUCSUS international master programme in environmental studies and sustainability science, students take on real world sustainability problems in their course module, Knowledge-to-Action. This year, students tackled overconsumption through setting up a centre for borrowing household items; devised an action plan to ensure that our universities become more sustainable, and explored the potential for art to affect social norms around flying.

Tree planting is no panacea for the climate

Tree plantations. Mostphotos. Wim Carton discusses why tree planting is not a panacea for the climate. According to him, too many studies and stakeholders fail to see that the method is inherently fraught and can take away focus from the need to drastically reduce emissions to meet our climate targets.

Music for the climate

musik för klimatet How do we manage and cope with the change that the climate requires? One can easily feel a sense of hopelessness when you are overwhelmed by information and facts about the situation and you may feel disconnected, rather than feeling ready to act. LUCSUS researcher Sara Brogaard believes that art and music can make a difference and spur to more reflection, dedication, and action. Together with the composer Claus Sörensen and the XL Big Band she has made a musical interpretations of climate research, resulting in the concert "Musik för klimatet".

Blog post: Hunting can contribute to forest governance

Loretoyacu River in Colombia in March 2019. Photo:Torsten Krause. Hunting has a bad reputation and is rarely considered in forest governance and conservation strategies. But what if, instead, we tried to learn from it? Blog post by researcher Torsten Krause.

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