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 ++

Concern for global warming is not a new craze

It is 80 years since the first calculations showed that the Earth was warming due to rising greenhouse gas emissions. Some people argue that concern for global warming is a modern phenomenon. And that scientists and environmental activists invented these worries … Continue reading

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Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient organisms

Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today’s oceans at an alarming pace—so fast that scientists aren’t entirely sure how the planet will respond. Their only hint? Look to the past. In a … Continue reading

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Deforestation leads to big hikes in local temperature

Researchers have discovered a correlation between deforestation and local temperature changes in many temperate mid-latitude locations around the world. These increases were particularly high in North America. The study found that deforestation in heavily cleared regions of the central U.S. … Continue reading

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Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments

There is growing evidence to suggest that exposure to natural environments can be associated with mental health benefits. Proximity to greenspace has been associated with lower levels of stress (Thompson et al., 2012) and reduced symptomology for depression and anxiety … Continue reading

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Indigenous Environmental Knowledge – Critical Anthropological Perspectives

The first concerted critical examination of the uses and abuses of indigenous knowledge. The contributors focus on a series of interrelated issues in their interrogation of indigenous knowledge and its specific applications within the localized contexts of particular Asian societies … Continue reading

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The Making of Green Knowledge: Environmental Politics and Cultural Transformation

The Making of Green Knowledge provides a wide-ranging introduction to the politics of the environment and the development of environmental knowledge. Focusing in particular on the quest in recent years for more sustainable forms of socio-economic development, it attempts to … Continue reading

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How The Sounds Of Nature Help Us Feel Relaxed

Sounds encountered outdoors, such as birds chirping, wind rustling in the treetops, or waves gently lapping at a beach, can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research from Brighton and Sussex Medical School lays … Continue reading

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Key biological mechanism is disrupted by ocean acidification

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has demonstrated that the excess carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere through the combustion of fossil … Continue reading

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Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development

This paper distills core lessons about how researchers (scientists, engineers, planners, etc.) interested in promoting sustainable development can increase the likelihood of producing usable knowledge. We draw the lessons from both practical experience in diverse contexts around the world and from scholarly advances … Continue reading

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Sustainability in an urbanizing planet

Sustainability science is use-inspired fundamental research that links knowledge to action such that meeting the needs of society can be balanced with sustaining the life support systems of the planet (1, 2). Nowhere is this action-oriented research needed more than in urban areas that are … Continue reading

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