Reducing the future to climate

(11 January 2011)  “Reducing the future to climate: a story of climate determinism and reductionism”  This manuscript has been accepted by the history of science journal Osiris and will appear in the summer of 2011 in a special collection of papers ‘Klima’, an exploration of cultural histories of climate change edited by Jim Fleming and Vladimir Jankovic.  It offers a cautionary warning against simple accounts of climate-society relationships implied in Ulf Bungten’s recent paper in Science: “2500 years of European climate variability and human susceptibility“.