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Johansson, L.-G. 2021. Induction, experimentation and causation in the social sciences. Philosophies 6(4), 105.
Inductive thinking is a universal human habit; we generalise from our experiences the best we can. The induction problem is to identify which observed regularities provide reasonable justification for inductive conclusions. In the natural sciences, we can often use strict laws in making successful inferences about unobserved states of affairs. In the social sciences, by contrast, we have no strict laws, only regularities which...
Hinton, J. 2021. Five key dimensions of post-growth business: Putting the pieces together. Futures 131, 102761.
As there has been no evidence of the kind of environmental decoupling necessary to allow for green economic growth, academic and activist discussions alike have turned to exploring post-growth pathways. Such a transformation entails a significant shift in economic institutions, yet post-growth analyses of what is problematic about businesses and how to resolve these issues are piecemeal. This article offers an overview and syn...
Hileman, J.D., Angst, M., Scott, T.A. & Sundstrom, E. 2021. Recycled text and risk communication in natural gas pipeline environmental impact assessments. Energy Policy 156, 112379.
Under the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), energy infrastructure projects that are permitted by federal agencies require preparation and publication of an environmental impact assessment. However, fifty years after the passage of NEPA, agencies’ compliance behaviors, and how these behaviors might shape the risks associated with energy infrastructure, remain largely unexplored. Here, we consider how assessment doc...
Herreros-Cantis, P. & McPhearson, T. 2021. Mapping supply of and demand for ecosystem services to assess environmental justice in New York City. Ecological Applications 31(6), e02390.
Livability, resilience, and justice in cities are challenged by climate change and the historical legacies that together create disproportionate impacts on human communities. Urban green infrastructure has emerged as an important tool for climate change adaptation and resilience given their capacity to provide ecosystem services such as local temperature regulation, stormwater mitigation, and air purification. However, realiz...
Henriksson, R., Vincent, K., Archer, E. & Jewitt, G. 2021. Understanding gender differences in availability, accessibility and use of climate information among smallholder farmers in Malawi. Climate and Development 13(6), 503–514.
Smallholder farmers in the sub-Saharan Africa are vulnerable to climate variability and change, and are thus in need of adaptation. Access to climate information, such as weather forecasts, has been identified as a potential enabler for improved adaptation, but such access tends to be strongly gendered. This study uses qualitative and quantitative data to assess the availability, accessibility and use of climate information am...
Henriksson, P.J.G., Troell, M., Banks, L.K., Belton, B., Beveridge, M.C.M., Klinger, D.H., Pelletier, N., Phillips, M.J. & Tran, N. 2021. Interventions for improving the productivity and environmental performance of global aquaculture for future food security. One Earth 4(9), 1220–1232.
Aquatic foods are increasingly being recognized as having an important role to play in an environmentally sustainable and nutritionally sufficient food system. Proposals for increasing aquatic food production often center around species, environments, and ambitious hi-tech solutions that mainly will benefit the 16% of the global population living in high-income countries. Meanwhile, most aquaculture species and systems suffer ...
Henriksson, P.JG., Cucurachi, S., Guinee, J.B., Heijungs, R., Troell, M. & Ziegler, F. 2021. A rapid review of meta-analyses and systematic reviews of environmental footprints of food commodities and diets. Global Food Security-Agriculture Policy Economics and Environment 28, 100508.
Systematic reviews, sometimes including meta-analyses, are often presented as an approach for identifying healthy and sustainable diets. Here we explore to which extent systematic review protocols have been adopted by studies comparing environmental impacts of foods based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results, and to which extent they comply with the PRISMA protocol for transparent reporting. Out of 224 studies screened, seve...
Hedlund, J., Bodin, Ö. & Nohrstedt, D. 2021. Assessing policy issue interdependencies in environmental governance. International Journal of the Commons 15(1), 82-99.
The ability to effectively resolve complex environmental problems hinges upon the capacity to address several different challenges in concert. These challenges, what we refer to as policy issues, often relate to one another – they interdepend. Policy issue interdependency has been extensively theorised in the literature, yet few methodological approaches and little empirical evidence exist to translate the concept of policy is...
Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Bai, X., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C.Y.A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lenton, T.M., Obura, D., Otto, I.M., Okereke, C., Pereira, L., Prodani, K., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Tabara, J.D., Verburg, P.H., Gifford, L. & Ciobanu, D. 2021. Reconciling safe planetary targets and planetary justice: Why should social scientists engage with planetary targets? Earth System Governance 10, 100122.
As human activity threatens to make the planet unsafe for humanity and other life forms, scholars are identifying planetary targets set at a safe distance from biophysical thresholds beyond which critical Earth systems may collapse. Yet despite the profound implications that both meeting and transgressing such targets may have for human wellbeing, including the potential for negative trade-offs, there is limited social science...
Guerrero, A.M., Sporne, I., McKenna, R. & Wilson, K.A. 2021. Evaluating institutional fit for the conservation of threatened species. Conservation Biology 35(5), 1437–1450.
Recovery and conservation of threatened species require adequate institutional responses. We tested an approach to systematically identify and measure how an institutional framework acknowledges threats and required responses for the recovery of endangered species. We measured institutional functional fit with a drivers-pressure-state-impacts-response (DPSIR) model integrated with a quantitative text mining method and qualitat...
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