Responsible Science no. 2

Responsible Science is SGR’s new journal in which we explore some of the biggest ethical challenges facing science and technology today. It comes with membership of SGR and keeps you up-to-date with what we’re doing as an independent, membership organisation made up of hundreds of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, IT professionals, architects, and people who are simply interested. In it you’ll read about our work to promote  responsible science,design and technology, together with special features, comment and other big debates happening now.

March 2020

In issue no.2...

Feature articles

  • Are scientists walking the talk on the climate emergency? 
    A survey of scientists conducted by SGR reveals a gap between awareness of international climate goals and action but there are signs rapid shifts are now happening, writes Andrew Simms.

  • Turning delusion into action – breaking the bias that supports a dangerous status quo
    SGR’s Andrew Simms interviews one of the leading voices on climate science, Prof Kevin Anderson of the Universities of Manchester and Uppsala, about the responsibilities of scientists in the climate emergency.

  • How can we mobilise society to reach net zero?
    Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh of Cardiff University argues that to encourage the radical behaviour change needed to tackle the climate crisis, we need a range of well-timed interventions.

  • Global heating and climate breakdown – completing the picture
    Prof Bill McGuire, emeritus of University College London, argues that reports on mainstream climate science downplay the scale of the threats from sea-level rise, extreme heat, shutdown of the Gulf Stream, and increased seismic activity.

  • If you’re thinking about climate, talk about it too: combating societal denial
    Prof Rebecca Willis of Lancaster University writes about the challenge of overcoming social denial of the climate emergency.

  • Why I swapped UN negotiations for direct action
    International climate change lawyer Farhana Yamin swapped negotiating rooms for street protest and decided to change her own behaviour here she explains why she changed tactics.

  • Holding the UK to account for its role in the war in Yemen
    Prof Anna Stavrianakis of the University of Sussex, explains how UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia have helped fuel the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and examines efforts to stop these exports.

  • Irresponsible engineering and science?
    Dr Stuart Parkinson summarises SGR’s new report on the extensive financial links between some of the world’s most controversial corporations and leading UK professional bodies in engineering and science.

  • The carbon boot-print of the military
    Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, assesses the latest data on the huge carbon emissions of the world’s militaries.

  • Bio-methane: a sustainable future for gas?
    Wiebina Heesterman outlines the science and technology of anaerobic digestion, while Stuart Parkinson gives a brief overview of the potential of bio-methane to meet UK demand for gas.
  • Is your pension fund wrecking the planet?
    Dr Emily Heath, Ethics4USS, appeals to academics and others to support the campaigns to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels and other unethical industries.
  • Challenging the demise of nuclear arms control
    Key nuclear weapons treaties are being discarded, as the world’s nuclear powers ‘modernise’ their arsenals. Where should campaigning be focused? asks Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR.

News from SGR

  • New SGR report on fossil fuel/ arms industry financing of professional institutions
  • Science4Society Week 2020
  • Prof Alice Larkin, leading climate expert, joins SGR as a Patron
  • Climate change activities
  • One Planet – One Life schools project
  • Science and peace activities
  • Scientists Behaving Responsibly
  • Leading climate scientist and SGR patron says it’s time to resign from climate compromised bodies

Edward Cullinan

Book review
The ice at the end of the world

SGR Conference: Scientists behaving responsibly: should science walk the talk on climate breakdown?

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