Arif Cem Gundogan

I work and write on climate change, SDGs, DRR, resilience, political ecology (English & Turkish)

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Climate Action Tracker (CAT) Assessment of Turkey’s INDC

Climate Action Tracker published the analysis of Turkey’s INDC as of 22 October 2015. I think this is a critical document for Turkish side and would be very useful for self evaluation. So, I decided to translate it into Turkish. Here it is, available for wider audience in Turkey. 

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And that’s all folks! Geo-engineering won’t save us.

Thanks to a colleague, I saw & read Kevin Anderson’s (Tyndall Centre) recently published commentary (Duality in Climate Science) on Nature Geoscience.

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While I strongly recommend you to read it before COP21, I think it is timely to share my review (in Turkish) of some key articles on geo-engineering (aka climate engineering). I find this valuable to discuss in advance of the climate summit as CSS or other techniques have been advertised as effective options for GHG mitigation. Well, science says no, we can’t escape from the fact that we must do radical emission cuts although this seems “politically disturbing”. Please read more in Turkish:

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All about the INDCs in 8 graph

The World Resources Institute and Open Climate Network developed an excellent data visualization of the submitted INDCs (CAIT Climate Data Explorer). I have gathered 8 striking graphics produced by the explorer and put in a single PDF file which can be accessible from this link. You can also click read more to access them individually. 

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On the Road to Paris

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EKO IQ, Turkey’s first and foremost green business & life magazine generously published my reflections on the International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” that took place at UNESCO and UPMC (Paris) in July 2015. This was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21).

As the issue is archived, the full text in Turkish is now available for free access.

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Dreaming infinite growth on a finite planet…

Relying on material extraction & consumption, I wonder how that economy line goes to infinity without disturbing the planet. Hasn’t the time come yet to consider degrowth?

“I love this,” she said. The straight line was supposed to represent economic growth, past and future, the curved line the rise and fall of greenhouse-gas emissions. – Elizabeth Kolbert’s interview with Christiana Figueres, published at the New Yorker on 24 Aug 2015 issue

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“Can Islamic scholars change thinking on climate change?”

I translated a news piece published at Nature titled “Can Islamic scholars change thinking on climate change?”. I think this is an important call for action regardless of what effect it might achieve. Islam, as being a religion that has 1.6 billion believers worldwide, can be instrumental when it comes communicating messages confirmed not also by faith but also by science. Please continue to read in Turkish.

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The Need for More Inclusive & Democratic Climate Policy Making

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English >> GAIA Dergi kindly published my reflections on Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference took place in Paris. GAIA is Turkey’s emerging monthly magazine on ecology & sustainable living as well as a civic platform to promote biodiversity & rights for all species. I hope to contribute with monthly articles. Full text is available here (only in Turkish): https://gaiadergi.com/iklim-bilimcilerden-paris-iklim-zirvesi-oncesi-onemli-mesajlar-var/

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Are we on the same boat? Not really…

So there is this political cartoonist (a.k.a Polyp) I follow & appreciate. Strongly suggest you to visit his website. Well… Anyways. I disagree with one of his cartoons (called “steady as she goes”) and suggest an additional frame to the original one. I hope he won’t sue me (copyright section is not scary as I imagined).

The original cartoon is (briefly) about economic growth addiction & the policy makers’ inability to recognize the fact that we can’t grow infinitely on a  physically finite planet.

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How do you like your Anthropocene?

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 13.14.01Thanks to my friends, colleagues and anonymous supporters, my proposal for the independent publishing platform Contributoria‘s October issue has reached the minimum target to be published just within the first 6 hours.

You can still support it from here.

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“More than machinery we need humanity”

Thanks to a friend, I rediscovered the wisdom in the Great Dictator movie. Although one may argue that the speech is very anthropocentric (..and I would agree with this), still good to recall particularly this section:

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. (A quote from the movie “The Great Dictator”)

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