Theme III – Climate Change

Welcome to FUF Magazine, a website from the Swedish Development Forum (FUF) discussing contemporary development issues. This month we turn out attention to climate change. 


The hunt for snowballs might get difficult. Photo: NASA/Kathryn Hansen

A few years ago, in what became a quite (in) famous YouTube clip, United States senator Joe Inhofe brought a snowball into the U.S. Congress. During a climate change debate, Inhofe pulled out the snowball from a plastic bag and said:

“ We keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record. But do you know what this is? This is a snowball, and it’s just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out”.

What senator Inhofe failed to understand was that it does not matter how cold it is in Washington D.C. on a specific day. Instead, as research has confirmed over and over again, increasing greenhouse gas emissions raise the average temperature on earth over time. Therefore, in this edition we share some perspectives on issues related to climate change which may change our planet as we know it. Meanwhile, Senator Inhofe’s hunt for snowball and cheap points continues, although chances are it will be increasingly difficult for him to find one. We will, however, offer some thoughts on why Inhofe is in denial, on the consumerist culture, climate refugees, biofuels and the North-South divide in this issue.

Have a good read!

Fredrik Björksten

 

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Rethinking Migration In The Context Of Climate Change

The large numbers of displaced populations we see today have been responded to with overall regressive measures. Matthew Scott, an international lawyer specializing in migration, talked to us about the possibilities and challenges of displacement in the context of disasters and climate change that lie ahead.

Climate change can be understood as a risk amplifier that increases the vulnerability of livelihoods and contributes to an increased displacement of people.
Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain, Flickr

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Combating Climate Change Through Biofuels – At What Cost?

EU-standards aim at ensuring an eco-friendly biofuel production. But are social and ecological impacts taken into account sufficiently? Photo: alh1, Flickr.

Biofuels seem to be an important step in the combat against climate change, as they represent a renewable and less polluting alternative to fossil fuels. However, its agricultural production provokes controversial discussions. Several international organisations seek to raise awareness about the social and ecological impacts of the rising biofuel demand.

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Why Do We Ignore Climate Change?

One of the most famous climate change deniers is the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Despite increased awareness and research showing that climate change is real, peoples concern for the problem has been shown to decrease, including mine.  Why do we rather ignore climate change than face it? Per Stoknes presents five main barriers that help us ignore this issue and brings clarity to why many of us rather not talk about climate change.

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The Environment: The Victim in the Battle Between Low and High Income Countries.

Climate change is global in its nature, yet nations argue who ought to undertake the responsibility of solving the issue of global warming. International negotiations resulted in the Kyoto Protocol, which exempted low income countries from any obligations. Frank Baber, from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, proposes a human rights approach in order to find a solution to global warming.

What are low-income countries obligations in combating climate change? Foto: Khuroshvili Ilya, Flickr.

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Guest Column: What Can Civil Society Teach States?

FUF Lund guest columnist Kajsa Fernström Nåtby.

At this year’s UN climate conference COP23, the host country Fiji tried a new concept called The Open Dialogue which allowed civil society and states to meet. With that being categorized as new concept, it is safe to say that there is room for improvement when it comes to the inclusion of civil society in the COP’s. Although, as part of the opening remarks of that meeting someone said:

“Today we will not be negotiating, today we will learn from civil society”.

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