Issue #5 is now available online!

Issue #5 Food Rights and Food Fights is now available for viewing and downloading through Issuu. In the 5th issue of Tvergastein we wanted to look at food consumption and production, amongst other things, from a global as well as local perspective. How has globalization impacted local food production? Do we really know what we’re eating? These are some of the questions we sought to answer in this edition. If you’re in Oslo but missed our launch event and would like a hard copy of the journal, you can look for one around UiO Blindern campus, at SUM, and on the NMBU campus in Ås, coming soon.

ISSN number (online): ISSN 1893-5834
ISSN number (print): ISSN 1893-5605

Issue #1-3

While you wait for the online version of our newest issue entitled “Should we Kill the Car?” we thought you might enjoy to revisit our earlier publications.

Issue #1: “Tvergastein”
Our first issue serves as an introduction to our journal. Named after the cabin of Norwegian philosopher and founder of deep ecology, Arne Næss, Tvergastein’s goal is to be a meeting place between academia and the environmental movement.

The issue contains contributions from noted scholars such as Robin Eckersly, Vandana Shiva, and David Rothenburg, and is complemented by an interview with Bruno Latour.


Issue #2: “The Opening of the Arctic”
At the same time as the Arctic ice cap is receding due to global warming the Arctic itself is emerging as the new frontier for shipping and fossil fuel extraction.

Our second issue thematizes this double opening with articles by former foreign minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre, Hanna Marcussen of MDG, and professor Lawrence Buell.


Issue #3: “Adaptation and its Limits”

The two main strategies for confronting the challenge of climate change have been mitigation and adaptation. In this issue we asked what adaptation to new climates entails and demands of us. Scholars like Dr. Kari Marie Nordgaard, and Professor Gufu Oba contributed.

Tvergastein #3 – Adaptation and Its Limits

Our most recent edition of the journal is now available for viewing (and download) through Issuu.

It’s also available as a .pdf right here.

If you’re in Oslo but missed our launch event and would like a hard copy of the journal, you can look for one at the Grønt UiO offices or elsewhere around campus, at SUM, and on the UMB campus in Ås, coming soon.

Ethical Oil: Greenwashing Canada´s Oil Sands?

“Ethical oil” is a relatively recent label used by oil producing countries and companies in order to appeal to the conscientious consumer. In this article Carlos Rosado examines the claims Canada makes for why oil extracted from their soil is more “ethical” than elsewhere. He finds that such claims are part of a greenwashing, an “evolving political discourse in which Canada is increasingly abdicating its international responsibilities in favour of the short term benefits which unsustainable resource extractions affords the state.”

Illustration: Luis Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.

Canada has long enjoyed the image of a democratic, prosperous and internationally responsible nation. International perceptions of Canada as a “northern gentle giant” are likely due (at least in part) to its relative military and economic inconsequence when compared to its larger and more aggressive southern neighbour. Although Canada has traditionally had a mixed record regarding environmental management, over the past several decades there has existed a sense that Canada is one of “the good guys” and that despite its shortcomings it remains environmentally progressive and committed to addressing global environmental issues such as ocean acidification and climate change. Continue reading

Space for Debate: Climate Change, Climate Denial and the Logic of the Media

Climate change denialism is an ever-present feature of the current environmental discourse. In this text Angi Buettner argues that the very logic of the media produces a rethoric-driven public debate about climate change that leads both to misrepresentations of facts as well as an undercommunication of politically and scientifically vital information. 

Illustration: Eirik Severeide.

The more the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change consolidates (indicating that urgent and drastic action is needed), the louder climate change denial becomes, and a growing number of politicians support environmental policies that do not address climate change; there are complex political, financial, and psychological explanations for this (see for example Dickinson [1]; Hamilton [2]; Marshall [3]). In this context, it is useful to consider how these developments are reflected in the media coverage of climate change.

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