Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Understanding climate change’s impact on early societies

A new study linking paleoclimatology — the reconstruction of past global climates — with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political stability, and war-fighting capacity of ancient Egypt. The findings, published in … Continue reading

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What will our climate look like in 2050?

Knowing that we have the power to influence global climate is enormously important when trying to imagine what our climate might look like in 2050. To a large degree, it will depend on actions our leaders take now and in … Continue reading

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More extreme warm days in a warmer climate

Global warming means more warm extreme weather conditions, according to an analysis of more than 140 years of air temperature data. The climate is changing. The Earth is becoming warmer and man-made emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are … Continue reading

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What makes the Climate Change?

Explore the processes behind climate change today and in our recent past. Throughout history, the Earth has experienced many climate changes. So how can we explain these changes and how can we tell the difference between natural and man-made climate … Continue reading

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Awash in Sea of Data, Ecologists Turn to Open Access Tools

When marine ecologists released the Ocean Health Index (OHI) for the first time in 2012, it was a majestically ambitious achievement. The index, born of a collaboration among dozens of scientists, economists and environmental managers at the National Center for … Continue reading

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Is climate change making mega-hurricanes the new normal?

Two powerful hurricanes within two weeks, and sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have been among the highest in the world this year – coincidence? Or is global warming fueling these massive storms? The magic temperature for formation … Continue reading

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Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation

A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species. The HCV approach is widely used in sustainable land … Continue reading

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Indigenous storytelling as asset for biocultural conservation

Some of the areas hosting most of the world’s biodiversity are those inhabited by indigenous peoples. In the same way that biodiversity is being eroded, so is the world’s cultural diversity. As a result, there have been several calls to … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovations – researching sustainability from the bottom-up

Grassroots innovations are community-led solutions for sustainability. They can offer promising new ideas and practices, but often struggle to scale up and spread beyond small niches. This website presents the latest news and updates from a series of research projects … Continue reading

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Just Conservation: Biodiversity, Social Justice and Sustainability

Loss of biodiversity is one of the great environmental challenges facing humanity but unfortunately efforts to reduce the rate of loss have so far failed. At the same time, these efforts have too often resulted in unjust social outcomes in … Continue reading

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