It’s been a busy year in the climate world. This summer, the Northern Hemisphere saw record-breaking summer heat waves and seemingly endless wildfires. In October, the IPCC published a special report on the potential impacts of 1.5°C of warming – and the news wasn’t great (Shea, pg. 28). The United States remains the only country in the world out of the Paris agreement, and climate denial persists in the Anglo-American world, despite increased floods, heat waves, and other impacts (Dudman, pg. 18).
At the same time, there is reason for hope. Young people around the world are taking back the future through activism, political engagement, research, and small personal actions like flying less, driving less, or eating vegetarian. This spring, we published the first issue of Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, with contributors in and around Oxford University – now, we present our second issue (and first international issue!) with student contributors from around the world. Our goal is to provide an outlet for the next genera- tion of climate communicators: policymakers, journal- ists, scientists, and researchers who can write (and talk) intelligently about climate change.
In this issue, we have steered away from traditional climate framings – disaster narratives or techno-optimism – and dived into climate politics (Heilmann, pg. 10), local impacts (Arora, pg. 7), and the perils of poor communication (Blackman, pg. 24). Our featured interviewee is a journalist on a mission: Alan Rusbridger, who redefined climate coverage in his 20 years as Editor of the Guardian (Blanchard, pg. 12).
We are proud to have created a magazine that resonates so widely – our writers (and readers) come from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, China, India, and more; they are oceanogra- phers, novelists, artists, and most importantly, students. We hope you enjoy this second issue of Anthroposphere.
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Ming Zee Tee
Rachel Qiu Kexin