Will the sky fall in? Global warming: an alternative view

Rowland, Michael J. (2010) Will the sky fall in? Global warming: an alternative view. Antiquity, 84 (326). pp. 1163-1171.

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[Extract] Peter Mitchell (2008) has recently suggested in this journal that the world is facing a 'catastrophe' due to anthropogenic climate warming. Mitchell divides his commentary into two parts, and asks two key questions: what is the role of the archaeological community and individual archaeologists in this impending catastrophe and, how will this affect our day-to-day practice? I support most points in the second part (see Rowland 2008) but offer some alternative perspectives to issues raised in the first section of Mitchell's paper. There is a multiplicity of dimensions to the debate about 'global warming' (also referred to as 'enhanced greenhouse warming', 'human-induced climate change' or 'anthropogenic warming'), including the socio-political milieu, the climate science itself and resulting government policies and guidelines. Archaeologists/anthropologists have a role to play in each of these areas; in particular the longue durée of the archaeological record can provide some fresh insights, a point on which both Mitchell and I agree. Where I differ from Mitchell is that I see a need to refocus the debate toward issues of sustainability and away from the current over-emphasis on global warming.

Item ID: 31929
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: climate change; archaeology
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 06:07
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