The Conversation news
Stockholm University takes part in the digital magazine The Conversation where researchers write articles and comment on current news and events in the world. On this page we present articles published in The Conversation until December 2022 by researchers at Stockholm University. From 2023 we highlight their articles in the regular newslist on the SU web.
Five options for restoring global biodiversity after the UN agreement
The best ways to revive and strengthen biodiversity.
Biodiversity: one way to help countries stick to their commitments to restore nature
New targets for conserving and sustainably using nature.
How genome research is helping the recovery of the Chatham Island black robin
Evolution on a small archipelago may have helped the severely inbred Chatham Island black robin.
The barrier that helped the Great Barrier Reef form
Establishing the age of K’gari, or Fraser Island, confirms it emerged before the Great Barrier Reef.
Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet – how close are they?
Tipping points in the climate become more likely beyond 1.5°C of warming.
Svante Pääbo’s ancient DNA discoveries offer clues as to what makes us human
Pääbo is widely regarded as having pioneered the field of ancient DNA.
Should Spain implement the universal school lunch?
How does the students’ academic career, health and work life benefit from having free school lunches early in life?
How safe is it to drink rainwater?
Rainwater may be contaminated with chemicals and scientists are still uncertain about their effects
Human disruption to Earth’s freshwater cycle has exceeded the safe limit, our research shows
‘Green water’ is essential for healthy soils and a benign climate, but it’s under threat.
Discrimination: Swedish study shows job applicants with foreign names receive far fewer responses
A significant employment gap exists between Swedish-born and immigrant job seekers.
Relying on carbon capture to solve the climate crisis risks pushing our problems into the next gener
CCS tech alone won’t be enough to avert climate disaster.
Swedish gangsta rap exposes a dark side of the country some would rather ignore
The recent wave of gangsta rap has been the result of worsening dynamics in society.
Chemical pollution exceeds safe planetary limit
The production and release of synthetic chemicals worldwide is destabilising the Earth system.
Lockdown schooling: research from across the world shows reasons to be hopeful
For some children, learning online, at their own pace, has been beneficial.
Archeologists long believed that ancient graves were robbed, but here’s why they’re wrong
New research on early medieval graves.
Why are young people drinking less than their parents’ generation did?
Researchers have identified four main reasons young people in high-income countries are drinking less.
Calling children ‘vectors’ during COVID-19 is turning into discrimination
Children have been widely referred to as “vectors” of COVID-19.
The climate crisis gives science a new role
A fundamental rethinking of research ethics in light of the climate and ecological crises is needed.
Even if Bolsonaro leaves power, deforestation in Brazil will be hard to stop
There are also long-term issues behind the Amazon deforestation.
Why we dispute “Dunbar’s number”
New research calls into question the validity of “Dunbar's number”.
Podcast: The ocean economy is booming
Who is trying to make money from our oceans and is it sustainable?
Incest isn’t a taboo in the animal kingdom – new study
Little evidence that animals avoid inbreeding.
Viking DNA and the pitfalls of genetic ancestry tests
It’s important to be aware of the interplay between genetics and ideas of race.
How children are taking European states to court over the climate crisis – and changing the law
Youth activists are breaking new ground in court.
How the discovery of a single Norman coin expands our knowledge of French history
A very exciting find at a Viking-age settlement north of Stockholm.
Inside the Ocean 100 – small group of wealthy sea-based companies worth as much as Mexico
As the industrialisation of the ocean continues apace, it risks transforming marine ecosystems.
Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness
Short naps are great at improving alertness and attention.
“We sequenced the oldest ever DNA, from million-year-old mammoths”
This finding could have wide implications of how species evolve.
Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil
Changing the soy industry could stop deforestation in Brazil.
Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?
It’s in everyone’s interests to protect the ocean. So how can the world make progress – and what’s holding us back?
Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future
Around 34 million years ago, sudden climate change caused ecological breakdown in Central Asia.
How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19
World leaders have rightly seized on the pandemic as a chance to build more sustainable economies.
The value of a banana: understanding absurd and ephemeral artwork
What makes something a high-priced artwork when another, seemingly identical, object is not?
Coronavirus: thresholds for effective herd immunity could be lower than predicted
Basic models for COVID-19 suggest herd immunity is achieved when 60 percent of people are immune. This assumes that everyone in the population mixes to the same degree and at random.
A new role for transnational corporations in an increasingly crowded ocean?
What does stewardship mean on a global scale? After all, the ocean is the beating heart of a dozen global industries, the Earth’s climate system, and the biosphere.
We lose about 30 minutes of sleep each night of the working week, new study shows
How much sleep is lost on days when we work? Johanna Garefelt at Stockholm University shares her latest research in a new article in The Conversation.
“We mapped the world’s frozen peatlands – what we found was very worrying”
Gustaf Hugelius, researcher at Stockholm University, and his colleagues have just produced the most accurate map yet of the world’s peatlands and discusses the results in a new article in The Conversation.
“Is humanity doomed because we can’t plan for the long term?”
While the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are still unclear, it is certain that they are a profound shock to the systems underpinning contemporary life.
“Iran: decades of unsustainable water use has dried up lakes and caused environmental destruction”
Salt storms are an emerging threat for millions of people in north-western Iran, thanks to the catastrophe of Lake Urmia.
Flight shaming: how to spread the campaign that made Swedes give up flying for good
Europe’s major airlines are likely to see their turnover drop by 50% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while European airports expect to welcome 700 million fewer passengers. It’s a brutal shock to a global industry, writes Avit K Bhowmik in a new article in The Conversation.
Non-Indigenous Australians need to educate themselves
The recent Black Lives Matter protests in Australia have highlighted the pressing and continued need for non-Indigenous Australians to take responsibility for reconciliation, writes Marnie Graham and colleagues.
Why a 17% emissions drop does not mean we are addressing climate change
The global COVID-19 quarantine has meant less air pollution in cities and clearer skies. But these relatively small and temporary changes should not be mistaken for the COVID-19 pandemic actually helping to fix climate change.
“We simulated how a modern dust bowl would impact global food supplies, the result is devastating“
What consequences would a disruption like the Dust Bowl have now, when the Great Plains of the US are a major producer of staple cereals for the world?
AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly
As pressures on the planet and its climate increase, so does the hope that novel technologies will be able to help us detect, adapt and respond to the growing environmental crisis.
Who believes in conspiracy theories and why?
Research shows that people who believe in one conspiracy theory are more likely to believe in others. Interview with anthropologist Annika Rabo from Stockholm University in the podcast “Expert guide to conspiracy theories”.
Why coronavirus may forever change the way we care within families
The global spread of COVID-19 has illuminated the “care crisis” that has been building for decades, writes researchers in a new article in The Conversation.
The history of the word “crusade”
The word “crusade” has always had different meanings and has served as a political instrument, writes Benjamin Weber in a new article in the digital magazine The Conversation where he untangles the history of the word.
The burden on ocean ecosystems discussed in The Conversation
The so called “Blue Acceleration” will have significant consequences for life on the blue planet, writes SU researcher Robert Blasiak in a new article in the digital magazine The Conversation.
Climate action commented by SU researcher in The Conversation
Can individual behaviour make a real difference to the environment? In a new article in The Conversation, researchers from Stockholm University and Keele University discuss the relationship between alternatives and resistance.
Last updated: January 13, 2023
Source: Communications office