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Anthropology: Humans & Climate Change

This subject guide provides recommendations for conducting research on topics related to Anthropology at UMaine.

Essential Resources

Sample subject terms to use in URSUS:

  • Climatic changes -- Social aspects
  • Environmental refugees
  • Forced migration
  • Human beings -- Effect of climate on
  • Human rights
  • Human security

Selection of Relevant Texts:

Interdisciplinary Search Options



Examples of courses in the HDCC undergraduate degree:

Sampling of graduate courses in HDCC:

Maine's Climate Future, 2020 Update
This report demonstrates the progression of accelerating change in the climate in Maine and its effects, reflecting dramatic evidence for accelerating climate change around the globe with the often dire consequences of those changes. This report looks at examples of evidence of effects in Maine drawn from the scientific literature and news media accounts of Maine people and their experiences.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports
The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology Reports, which provide practical guidelines for the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. The U.S. has not signed.

Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future
Also known as the Brundtland Report, this commission was convened by the United Nations in 1983 to address the global nature of sustainability issues.

Report of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change 
Includes The Anchorage Declaration, which describes a series of recommendations to address climate change on the national and international level.

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