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Mike Hulme: Geoengineering at ‘the edge of the world’

This new paper, co-authored with Kate Gannon from LSE and based on her PhD completed under my supervision, is now on-line in the journal GEO: Geography and Environment.  Drawing upon ethnography amongst the Haida peoples of British Columbia, it describes the first ever place-based exploration of public perceptions of a real-world geoengineering project. “Exploring perceptions

2018-05-15 08:13   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Companion to Environmental Studies

This new student reference book has just been published by Routledge, ‘A companion to environmental studies‘, edited by Noel Castree, Jim Proctor and myself.  The book presents a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of around 150 key issues, debates, concepts, approaches and questions that together define environmental studies today. The volume covers approaches from the environmental…

2018-05-09 17:12   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Framing the Challenge of Climate Change in Nature and Science Editorials

This new paper has been accepted for publication in Nature Climate Change, co-authored with Noam Obermeister, Samuel Randalls and Maud Borie. Abstract. Through their editorialising practices, leading international science journals such as Nature and Science interpret the changing roles of science in society and exert considerable influence on scientific priorities and practices. Here we examine

2018-04-30 10:49   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: ‘The climate fetish’

Listen to this recent programme from Australian Broadcast Corporation’s weekly radio show ‘Science Friction’ in which I discuss some of the ideas behind my book Weathered and also reflect on the wider framing of the public climate change debate.  (First broadcast Sunday 29 April 2018).  

2018-04-30 10:45   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Geoengineering at ‘the edge of the world’

This new paper, co-authored with Kate Gannon from LSE and based on her PhD completed under my supervision, has just been accepted for publication in GEO: Geography and Environment. “Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation.”  Abstract. This paper describes an opportunistic case study of the 2012 Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s…

2018-03-06 09:13   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Latest articles in WIREs Climate Change, Vol 9(2)

The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change, Volume 9(2) 2018, is now available on-line.   The 9 review articles in this issue include Narasimha Rao and Jihoon Min on the relationship between tackling global inequality and climate change, Adolf Ng and colleagues on the implications of Arctic change for global sea routes, Martin Mahony and

2018-02-27 10:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: ‘Disagreement is always good’ – an interview with Mike Hulme

Following my talk to the K3 Congress on Climate Change Communication in Salzburg last October, I was interviewed by the Deutsches Klima Konsortium (K3) website: “After the conference, author and professor Mike Hulme sat down with us to talk about his interests and views on climate change communication. We spoke about climate change as a catalyst

2018-02-26 15:46   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Cultures of Climate – Sydney, 23 April

As part of the Australian Museum’s HumanNature series of public talks, I shall be speaking on Monday 23 April, at 6pm in the Museum, on the topic ‘Cultures of Climate’.  In this talk, based on my book Weathered: Cultures of Climate, I examine how different cultures give shape and meaning to the idea of climate. 

2018-02-26 15:39   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Latest articles in WIREs Climate Change, Vol 9(2)

The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change, Volume 9(2) 2018, is now available on-line.   The 9 review articles in this issue include Narasimha Rao and Jihoon Min on the relationship between tackling global inequality and climate change, Adolf Ng and colleagues on the implications of Arctic change for global sea routes, Martin Mahony and

2018-02-26 11:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: ‘We Always Get the Weather We Deserve’: The Tenacious Grip of Moral Accountability

[This essay is forthcoming in Gnosis, The Italian Journal of Intelligence.] Abstract: Different cosmologies, religious thought, political ideologies, social practices and scientific paradigms of knowledge all contribute to the rich cultural matrix in which theories of climatic change and causation have emerged, flourished and declined. It is exceptional for humans to think that climates change

2018-01-25 08:49   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Latest articles in WIREs Climate Change, Vol 9(1)

The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change, Volume 9(1) 2018, is now available on-line.   The 9 review articles in this issue include Eleonora Rohland on adapting to hurricanes in New Orleans, Martina Linnenluecke and colleagues on the implications of climate change for the sugarcane industry, Libby Robin on the environmental humanities and climate change

2018-01-24 11:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Weather-Worlds in the Anthropocene and the End of Climate

This new essay has been written as a contribution to a collaborative double issue of the journal Weber with the Rachel Carson Center, on the theme ‘Transformations of the Anthropocene’.  It is scheduled to appear in autumn 2018 (Issue 34.1).  The essay asks, and develops a possible answer to, the question: ‘What is the future

2017-11-03 11:16   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: ‘Gaps’ in knowledge: do they exist? Can they be filled?

“Future sustainability research, no matter how interdisciplinary, should build on th[e mountain of data from previous programmes] and focus on finding and closing knowledge gaps [and thereby] provide an invaluable service to society” [Nature editorial, 3 March, 2016].  In this new essay, submitted to the journal Environmental Humanities, I analyse calls such as this for

2017-10-20 12:36   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Latest articles in WIREs Climate Change

WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.8(6). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line.  The 8 review articles in this issue include Lei Liu and colleagues on the role of NGOs in China’s climate governance, William Lamb and Julia Steinberger on human well-being and climate mitigation and Scott Bremer and Simon Meisch

2017-10-17 11:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Calculating the Incalculable: Is SAI the Lesser of Two Evils?

In a forthcoming article in Ethics and International Affairs, Christopher J. Preston uses the doctrine of double effect to claim that hypothetical climate engineers might very well be less culpable for climate harms than those who continue to emit greenhouse gases.  In an invited response for the journal, I claim that his argument is unpersuasive.

2017-10-12 09:26   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Prospective PhD Students

I am interested to receive approaches from students who would like to study for a PhD with me in the areas of the cultural history of climate change, STS approaches to studying climate science and knowledge, representations and discourses of climate in the media, and the philosophy of climate and climate change.  Please state clearly your

2017-10-12 03:03   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Previous PhD Students

I have acted as primary supervisor for 15 PhD students, all of whom have successfully completed their doctorates.  I have also been external or internal examiner for a further 24 PhD theses, in the UK, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands. Chaya Vaddhanaphuti (2017): Experiencing and performing in the field: how do Northern Thai farmers make

2017-09-16 15:40   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Climate Change and the Syrian Civil War Revisited

This peer-reviewed journal article, coauthored with colleagues Jan Selby (University of Sussex), Omar Dahi (Hampshire College, USA) and Christiane Frohlich (University of Hamburg), is now published in the journal Political Geography.  The abstract reads: “For proponents of the view that anthropogenic climate change will become a ‘threat multiplier’ for instability in the decades ahead,…

2017-09-07 08:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Beyond Counting Climate Consensus

This peer-reviewed essay, written with colleagues from the University of Nottingham, has just been published in the journal Environmental Communication, together with an associated press release.  The abstract reads: “Several studies have been using quantified consensus within climate science as an argument to foster climate policy. Recent efforts to communicate such scientific consensus…

2017-07-25 04:39   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Climate Change and the Significance of Religion

Published in today’s issue of Economic & Political Weekly in India, this Essay argues that there is a growing sense that religion has a part to play in shaping our responses to climate change. Merely understanding climate science, or dealing with it through the frame of technology is clearly insufficient. Religious engagement with climate change

2017-07-15 08:42   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: On the ethics of fossil fuel divestment – a response to Willis Jenkins

A student of history and journalism from the University of Montana recently wrote to me about climate change and fossil fuel divestment (FFD).  She had read and studied my arguments against FFD and claimed to appreciate the different sides of the argument.  But this unsettled her and she felt disoriented.  “What should she do”, she

2017-07-07 08:36   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: WIREs Climate Change – rising impact factor

The new journal impact factors for 2016 announced last week show the growing citation success of the journal which I edit, WIREs Climate Change.   Our Thomson-Reuters JIF for 2016 was 4.57, the highest we have been since the journal launched in 2010.  The new Elsevier CiteScore, calculated in a slightly different way to the

2017-06-17 11:20   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Latest articles in WIREs Climate Change

WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.8(4). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line.  The 9 review articles in this issue include Paulo Ceppi and colleagues on cloud feedback mechanisms in climate models, Colette Mortreux & Jon Barnett on what we understand by ‘adaptive capacity’ and Sam Randalls on the contribution of geography

2017-06-17 11:00   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Previous PhD Students

I have previously acted as primary supervisor for these 15 PhD students, all of whom have successfully completed their doctorates.  I have also been external or internal examiner for a further 23 PhD theses, in the UK, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands. Chaya Vaddhanaphuti (2017): Experiencing and performing in the field: how do Northern Thai farmers

2017-06-16 15:40   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: One Man Does Not Control the Climate

It is important not to over-react to the news that Donald Trump wishes to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement and seek to renegotiate a ‘fairer deal’ for America. The wailing and grieving around the media that has accompanied yesterday’s announcement is exactly the sort of reaction that Trump is seeking to provoke. It

2017-06-02 13:08   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Energy Humanities Podcast

Listen to me talking about ‘the many meanings of climate’ (starts at 10:00 minutes), recorded with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer for their Cultures of Energy blog, part of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University, Houston.

2017-05-16 13:50   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Major Publications 2016

Hulme,M. (2016)  ‘Climate change and memory’   Chapter 18 (pp.159-162) in: Memory in the twenty-first century: new critical perspectives from the sciences, arts and humanities  (ed.) Sebastian Groes,  Palgrave Macmillan, London, 428pp. Hulme,M. (2016)  ‘Climate change: Varieties of religious engagement’   Chapter 25 (pp.239-248) in: Routledge handbook on religion and ecology …

2017-03-20 20:32   Click to comment

Mike Hulme: Political populism and sustainability

The first response of a scientist or scholar to surprising physical or cultural events is to want to understand them.  And in this spirit, my reaction to the political events of 2016, and potentially to those yet to come, is to seek understanding.  By constructing an explanation for unsettling events, the world seems again a

2017-03-17 18:00   Click to comment


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