Emotions affect how we make sense of the world, communicate with each other, and collaborate. Emotions influence the way information is shared online, how communities perceive and respond to environmental crises, and how elites, civil society and citizens engage in the climate crisis. The importance of emotions on our lives is certainly not a new observation. However, human emotions are being increasingly mediated and affected...

WTO must end harmful fisheries subsidies, scientists urge

Hundreds of scientists around the world have signed a letter in Science urging World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to reach an agreement to ban harmful fishing subsidies. With 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks either fully exploited or overfished, according to FAO, WTO members must prohibit fisheries subsidies that cause harm. Beijer researchers Anne-Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke and Max Troell are among the 296...

Healthy ecosystems crucial for reaching climate targets

Earth’s ecosystems have played a central role in keeping our planet’s climate system unusually stable throughout the last 11,700 years.  Today, ocean and land ecosystems remove around 50% of human induced CO2 emissions from the atmosphere each year. Without this biosphere carbon storage, current international climate targets cannot be met. Therefore, alongside efforts to transition away from fossil fuels, deforestation, environmental degradation and loss of...

Population and environmental change

A video is now released of the symposium Population and environmental change, which took place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 23-24 September, 2021. The world’s record population has a huge impact on the earth’s ecosystem and climate. But while today’s people are on average healthier, live longer and have a higher standard of living than in previous centuries, we are completely dependent on...

Timon McPhearson

Dr. Timon McPhearson is Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, and Research Faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. He is a Senior Research Fellow at The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, and a Research Affiliate of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Swedish Royal Academy...

Artificial intelligence, systemic risks, and sustainability

Automated decision making and predictive analytics through artificial intelligence, in combination with rapid progress in technologies such as sensor technology and robotics are likely to change the way individuals, communities, governments and private actors perceive and respond to climate and ecological change. Methods based on various forms of artificial intelligence are already today being applied in a number of research fields related to climate change...

Blue food demand across geographic and temporal scales

Numerous studies have focused on the need to expand production of ‘blue foods’, defined as aquatic foods captured or cultivated in marine and freshwater systems, to meet rising population- and income-driven demand. Here we analyze the roles of economic, demographic, and geographic factors and preferences in shaping blue food demand, using secondary data from FAO and The World Bank, parameters from published models, and case...