Monthly Archives: October 2009

Space and the Arctic

Last week I took part in a workshop organised by the European Space Agency, Swedish National Space Board, EUMETSAT, the European Commission and SMHI amongst others. The workshop was entitled Space and the Arctic 2009, the aim was: "to identify … Continue reading

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Societal and climate change in Africa over the last 1000 yrs

My colleagues Karin Holmgren and Helena Öberg have looked at the impact of climate changes over the last 1000 years on societies in Africa. In their paper they look at climate proxy data from southern and eastern Africa and identify … Continue reading

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Identifying habitation sites in Southern Africa

Something that struck me whilst reading Steven Mithen’s book (see post on the !Kung of the Kalahari), was how few data points we have. What historical information we have is from excavations, of mostly cave sites, spread over the vast … Continue reading

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Climate Adaptation in the Kalahari

The !Kung tribesmen of the Kalahari have a novel way of adapting to drought and climate change. If a group are faced with resource collapse they switch from hunting, foraging and other regular tasks to the production of gifts. Gradually … Continue reading

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Aid, Africa and cultural imperialism

Something I have been thinking about for many years, inconclusively, is this: to what extent do donor nations have the right to influence the politics of the nations they donate to? Let’s look at two opposing arguments. 1. Aid can … Continue reading

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Science and Libel

Or, I don’t agree with you and I’m going to sue!     The British journalist and science author, Simon Singh, wrote an article critical of the claims made by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), to cure colic in children, … Continue reading

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In praise of Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu.

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