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Environmental claims and social needs clash in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands

Coastal community in Louisiana. Photo. New research highlights how coastal planning and environmental restoration overlook social needs, cultural claims and existing vulnerabilities. Using Louisiana’s coastal wetlands as a case, researcher David O’Byrne argues that it is high time to turn away from a narrowly economic approach to coastal restoration, and instead focus on improving people’s quality of life, which is dependent on ecological integrity.

How will climate movements continue to shape the future?

climate protests. Photo How can the climate movement continue its struggle and be a force for change in the light of other current crises such as social and economic injustices, inequalities and pandemics? Mine Islar, researcher at LUCSUS, says that joining forces with other causes and movements are one way forward, another is to stay focused and keep a long-term perspective.

Lund University Future Week 12-18 October

illustration för framtidsveckan LUCSUS organises two events at the Future week at Lund University, discussing the future of social movements and the future of traveling, in the light of both the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. The events will take place both onsite and online.

The uncertain future of negative emission technologies

Illustration of negative emissions with trees and a factory. Negative emission technologies, or large scale carbon dioxide removal, are increasingly seen as key to slow or halt climate change. Researchers now warn that they are fraught with uncertainties, and raise questions about land use, justice and power. Wim Carton, researcher at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, explains what these technologies are about, and why the promises of these technologies makes us less likely to reduce our emissions, and ultimately distract us from the near-term solutions that we need to implement right now.

LUCSUS receives grant of SEK 20 million to realise the global sustainable development goals

illustration of women farmers LUCSUS has been awarded SEK 20 million for a new research project aimed at mobilising farmer organisations for sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The project is one of eleven new research projects, with a focus on Agenda 2030, that have been awarded funding in one of Formas’ biggest targeted calls ever.

PhD Kelly Dorkenoo focuses on negative impacts of climate change in Cambodia

A housing area destroyed by a hurricane. Photo. In her first year seminar on 17th September, Kelly Dorkenoo, PhD at LUCSUS, will highlight her research on negative impacts of climate change in Cambodia. She aims to identify potential pathways to address disproportionate losses and damages from climate change at different levels in society. 

PhD student Sara Ullström studies mobilisation, and voluntary action connected to low-carbon ways of life

People standing at a train platform. Photo: Pixabay. Sara Ullström, PhD in Sustainability Science, will present her work at a first seminar on 17th September. We asked her to explain what her research within the project, The takeoff of staying on the ground, is about.

LUCSUS researchers analyse how billions of EU farming funding subsidies are being spent

Harvesting of agricultural field. Photo: Unsplash. Murray Scown and Kimberly Nicholas, researchers at LUCSUS, have analysed in detail how EU agricultural subsidies flow down to the local level. The new data show that most income support payments go to intensively farmed regions already above median EU income, while climate-friendly and biodiverse farming regions, as well as poorer regions, are insufficiently funded. Consequently, the majority of payments are going to the regions causing the most environmental damage and the farmers in the least need of income support.

Researcher Torsten Krause comments on the fires in the Brazilian Amazon in August 2020

Previous forest fires in the Amazonas. Photo: markhillary/flickr. The official figures for forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon in August 2020 show a slight decrease from last year. But researchers at the Brazil's Space Research Institute, Inpe, warn that data may need to be corrected so much that they instead reveal the worst fires in a decade. Torsten Krause, researcher in forest hunting, deforestation and sustainability at LUCSUS, comments on the situation.

In art, plastics is often portrayed as waste and littering

Plastic art on a beach. Photo: Pixabay. A wound in nature, cheap rubbish and dangerous for animals and humans. This is how plastic is presented in visual art and photography around the world, finds a new study. But according to the researchers, some problems are not illustrated. The study is co-authored by LUCSUS researcher Sara Ullström.

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