• It's Too Soon to Call This the Anthropocene

    by Vaclav Smil

    "Next year the International Geological Congress will consider recognizing this name as the latest addition to the standard geological time scales. My reaction, echoing the Romans: Festina lente. Make haste slowly."

  • History Offers Hope that We Can Reduce the Risk of Global Warming

    by Jan Kunnas

    While still writing on my doctoral thesis, I received as a comment on an early version from a professor in my university, “that few people today believe in history as the vita magistra.” At first this statement shocked me, but later on it turned into a great inspiration for further thought. The first question arising was, that if we do not believe that we can learn from history, then what is the justification of the whole academic discipline history. If it is just for our own fun, is