London snow: gorgeous and deadly. Ilan Kelman.

Rapid Response: Why let snow be a disaster

Kelman, Ilan

Giving real-time context to the headlines: The “Beast from the East” is one of the politer names […]

Insect granola. Photo by Ilan Kelman

Grubby Grub

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Grasshoppers, termites, locusts, weevils, and caterpillars. They can cause problems for crops. They can also support food […]

And how environmentally friendly is the music industry? Photo by Ilan Kelman

Chords of discontent? Sustainability via musical irony

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Nearly thirty years elapsed between Madonna’s Material Girl and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop [explicit]. They […]

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Economizing on Economics

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Where does economics sit within sustainability? In many instances, it appears as a separate entity. The standard […]

Memorials, this one for Norwegians killed in the 26 December 2004 tsunami, can help with post-disaster grieving and recovery. Photo by Ilan Kelman.

Is it normal to return to normal?

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After a disaster, we often hear about the need to bounce back, to return to normal, and […]

"They transformed paradise and put up a parking lot"Photo by Ilan Kelman

Transforming transformation

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A transformation is haunting Europe. The transformation of a discourse. Sustainability research is being driven by a […]

Doomed or not?  Photo by Ilan Kelman

Islands and Climate Change: Rhetoric and Reality

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The media, and even scientific publications, continue to be packed with rhetoric that low-lying islands will sink, […]

What's in a word? | Image by Ilan Kelman

Keep resilience language simple!

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Many resilience academic paradigms use complex language, even though it is not needed. Here, I provide thoughts […]

Squirrel in Toronto, Ontario by Ilan Kelman

The Squirrel Factor

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On 21 October 2014, parts of Providence, Rhode Island experienced a blackout for two hours. Local media […]

Drought takes hold near Christchurch, New Zealand | Photo: by Ilan Kelman

“When is a drought a drought?”

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Droughts are complicated, often more human-caused than precipitation-caused (Wilhite and Glantz, 1985). Nonetheless, precipitation and water certainly […]


Osmotic Energy

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By Ilan Kelman, Senior Research Fellow, CICERO, Norway We are thirsty for more and more electricity. Rather […]

Review article on graphene in "Science".

We need more than graphene

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By Ilan Kelman, Senior Research Fellow, CICERO, Norway At last, high-level political support for scientific research, backed […]

End Ecocide 2020

Eradicating Ecocide

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By Ilan Kelman (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO). This article has been edited from […]



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By Ilan Kelman (Senior Research Fellow, CICERO, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo) Here we go again […]


To peak or not to peak?

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By Ilan Kelman Claims have recently been circulating that peak oil is wrong. Apparently, new petroleum discoveries […]

Mosquito Island, British Virgin Islands

Mosquitoes and Lemurs: Branson’s Island Sustainability?

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By Ilan Kelman Richard Branson owns a lot–including the private island of Mosquito Island within the British […]


Sustainable T-shirts?

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By Ilan Kelman Recently, I saw a T-shirt that said “Au W Sn Ta”. I recognised what […]


Harnessing sporting energy

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By Ilan Kelman People’s dedication to bizarre sporting customs is a rich yet relatively untapped source of […]

Spare Time University

Phoning home for sustainability

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By Ilan Kelman Will mobile phones create sustainability? A recent media article listed the many positive contributions […]


$1 a day – more or less

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By Ilan Kelman It is exciting to see journalism finally picking up what development researchers have been […]