Author Archive

Climate Negotiations at the Edge: Richard Calland on COP17

December 21st, 2011 by Core Group

The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership have just published the latest issue of their e-publication The Edge, featuring Richard Calland, Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. On their website you can find a video in which he introduces his interesting article giving a perspective on the recent COP […]

Climate Change and the History of Comfort and Wellbeing

October 28th, 2011 by Core Group

Wednesday 19 October saw the second meeting of the Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Discussion Group at CRASSH. The theme of our discussion was “Climate Change and the History of Comfort and Wellbeing“, and we had a nice balance of tea and cake, engaging presentations, questions, and energetic discussion. Our first speaker was Nell Crowden, who read […]

Experience palaeo-environmentalism at Willingham Mere! June 1-10, 2011

May 23rd, 2011 by Core Group

This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to: ** excavate this renowned former fenland lake, prehistoric forests & animal/bird skeletons; ** receive expert tuition in their identification; and ** learn about the region’s environmental history. For those wishing less hands-on exposure, there will be daily tours and an accompanying public lecture with Christopher […]

Roger Harrabin from the BBC on risk, the media and climate change

February 10th, 2011 by Core Group

On February 9th, Roger Harrabin spoke at Jesus College, University of Cambridge on the challenges of reporting climate change. He is one of the world’s senior journalists and broadcasters on the environment and energy and co-wrote the BBC’s guidance on reporting on Risk with the Head of BBC Politics, Sue Inglish, which calls for news instincts to be tempered […]

January 21/22, 2011 CRASSH conference: presentations & papers

January 23rd, 2011 by Core Group

Following the success of our Network conference on January 21 & 22, 2011, we are now pleased to make available the discussant overviews, presentations and papers of each of the 4 panels. This post will be regularly updated as more items are made available. Please note that all presentations/papers are not for use without permissions of […]

Climate Histories CRASSH conference: Jan 21 & 22, 2011

January 16th, 2011 by Core Group

We’re pleased to remind you about our Network conference event, occurring at the end of this week. The conference will feature around 20 speakers on the communication of cultural knowledge of environmental change. If you would like attend, please contact Helga Brandt on To see the conference schedule: click here Conference programme: click here To read the […]

Comment on “Arctic with Bruce Parry”: In the name of climate change

January 15th, 2011 by Core Group

This current BBC series takes a non-academic look at the survival of hunter lifestyles in the North Pole environs. While it’s clear the environment is changing, it’s also clear that local practices are being limited in the name of climate change. Of particular interest is episode 2 on Greenland Inuits, where conservationist concerns and corporation […]

Film screening, Jan 12 at 7pm: Climate change in the land of the Sherpa

January 5th, 2011 by Core Group

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) would like to extend to you an invitation to attend the premiere of our new documentary film, A Journey to Imja Lake: Climate Change in the Land of the Sherpa. Venue: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HX In the Everest region of Nepal, the Sherpa people are confronting […]

China’s Spreading Sands: combatting desertification

December 3rd, 2010 by Core Group

On China’s western frontiers in Ningxia province, a massive afforestation drive to battle the spread of the desert reveals fast-expanding efforts to combat what is being called “climate change”.  See slideshow: here About 57% of Ningxia province is desert, with around 65% still growing. Desertification is also a major problem in nearby Gansu province. Unregulated development, […]

November 25, 2010: Anthony Giddens on the threat of climate change

November 26th, 2010 by Core Group

During this engaging 1-hour talk at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK Anthony Giddens spoke about the threat “like no other” that climate change poses to security. In the first part of his speech, Giddens outlined the 3 main positions (which have many interstitial positions) he believes exist on climate change and its threats. Namely: […]