Threats to Heritage
The 100 Year Time-Lapse Project
In 1909 a balloonist photographed the Mer de Glace in the Alps from the air, creating a uniquely detailed visual record of the glacier. A century later two photographers recreated his flight to measure glacial recession during the 20 th century. The results are striking.
Why safety of world seed vaults is crucial to future food security.
What’s in a word? The high-stakes ties of language, knowledge and environment.
Geographer Shari Gearheard reflects on one of many ways in which environmental change can impact and challenge longstanding local and traditional knowledge as reinforced through cultural practice and language. The stakes may be very high.
Heritage in danger
Cultural sites in peril
Is decline an inevitable result of socio-ecological crisis?
Through the ages societies have faced major crises. Historian Mahesh Rangarajan reminds us that, historically speaking, environmental and economic crises have resulted not only in societal decline or collapse, but in reform as well as social and political reorganization. Adopting broader historical perspectives of long-term change, he argues, can be one way to avoid the traps of paralyzing despair or naïve optimism in times of socio-ecological crisis.
Impact of Sea Level Rise on a Global Icon
Interactive images show long-term sea-level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major global cities.
The potential of a “Climate Canon”
Environmental humanities scholar Joni Adamson reflects on “cli-fi” (climate fiction) in contemporary writing, not so much as a new development but as part of a tradition of storytelling about human relationships to climate and the future reaching back to antiquity.
Possible mobility responses to different climate hazards
In 2016 alone, over 24 million people were displaced by unexpected climate-related disasters. It is commonly understood that there is a correlation between climate change and human mobility, however, the lack of evidence-based findings has hindered necessary changes to being made in this regard.
The UN is slowly warming to the task of protecting World Heritage sites from climate change
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has issued its strongest decision yet about climate change, acknowledging the worldwide threat posed to many World Heritage properties.
Comparing the “World heritage” and the “Intangible cultural heritage” distribution
A Warrior’s Message: Milton Born With A Tooth
The principles of reconciliation, cooperation & mutual respect lie at the heart of Milton Born With A Tooth’s plea for solidarity & purposeful action. It is a warrior’s message on the brink of a campaign to protect our common home, the earth, & a future worth fighting for.
Lessons of the Norse Greenlanders (1) — conjunctures
Part 1 of 4 linked installments on the case of the Norse Greenlanders and the role that climate change and other factors played in the curious fate of their society, which died out 500 years after original settlement in the Viking Age. Focus of this segment: conjunctures.
National landmarks at risk
Climate change threats to Cherished Historic Sites
How are cultural heritage and engagement under threat in the present era of accelerated climate change?
Environmental humanities scholar Stephanie LeMenager discusses different ways in which culture in its various forms is at risk in the present era of accelerated climate change.
Eroding coastal heritage in Scotland
Learning from loss
Finding and Sharing Climate Stories with Cultural Heritage
An overview of current progress in developing and sharing climate stories across the US National Park Service.