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Systemtheorien und Humanökologie - Positionsbestimmungen in Theorie und Praxis

Karl-Heinz Simon, Felix Tretter (Hrsg.)

Die wissenschaftliche Disziplin der Humanökologie untersucht Wirkungszusammenhänge und Interaktionen zwischen Gesellschaft, Mensch und Umwelt. Die Autoren und Autorinnen untersuchen wie die Humanökologie von systemtheoretischen Ansätzen profitieren kann - und stellen so neue Verknüpfungen zwischen eher isoliert stehenden Erkenntnisbereichen her. Dabei spannen sie den Bogen von wissenschaftshistorischen und wissenschaftstheoretischen Grundlagen bis hin zu Vorschlägen für die Gestaltung von Forschungsprojekten und Berichten über Fallstudien. Sie zeigen beispielhaft, wie systemtheoretische Ansätze die Humanökologie bereichern können. Gleichzeitig machen sie deutlich, wo weitere Anstrengungen nötig sind, um Systemansätze innerhalb der Humanökologie stärker zu verankern.

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Life in Europe Under Climate Change

Life in Europe will indeed go on as the climate changes, but not in the same way as before. The air will be warmer, winds will change, patterns of rainfall and snowfall will alter, and sea level is likely to rise. These phenomena are already being seen. Europe will in the future experience marked changes in vegetation cover, increased floods along rivers and coastlines as well as more frequent droughts and forest fires, often leading to large societal costs. The changes will be minor in some cases, profound in others, but in any case, pervasive.

This book uses the most up to date information issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and informs readers about these effects, as well as showing how Europe is contributing to attempts to slow the tempo of global climate change, and how it can adapt to the climate change that seems unavoidable.

Life in Europe under Climate Change makes essential information on climate impacts in Europe accessible to a broad audience, including students, politicians, planners and members of non-governmental organizations.

Joseph Alcamo & Jørgen E. Olesen (2012)
Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Scenarios of Perception of Reaction to Adaptation – Abschlussbericht zum Verbundprojekt SPREAD

The research report on “Scenarios of Perception of Reaction to Adaptation” is the result of a co-operation between the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) at the University of Kassel and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) of the University Duisburg‐Essen. Prof. Dr. Ernst of CESR led the sub-project on “Quantitative Assessment and Modeling” whose results are based on a comprehensive questionnaire survey about the use of “green power” (renewable energy) and citizens’ participation in solar parks. The focus was on the perception and evaluation of innovations, and results show that different social milieus, which were defined by their life-styles, have significantly different perceptions. The so-called post-materialists and hedonists perceived and evaluated green power and citizens’ participation in solar parks much more positively than the traditional and mainstream milieus. Results further indicate that the targeted use of social information can stimulate a more intense processing of innovative arguments, especially if the new information contradicts personal expectations and previous perceptions. With the aid of an agent-based model, a variety of scenarios of the future expansion of green power were computed to demonstrate possible development paths under different political and societal framework conditions and to identify measures that might support the expansion of green power. Simulation results show that the spatial expansion of green power use is largest in suburban areas, which correlates with the spatial distribution of innovation-affinitive milieus. Results also indicate that the expansion of green power use may well exceed the post-material milieu in the short-term future.

Ernst, Andreas / Welzer, Harald / Briegel, Ramón / David, Martin / Gellrich, Angelika / Schönborn, Sophia / Kroh, Jens (2015)
kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-86219-892-4, 52 Seiten