Wolfgang Knorr

Wolfgang Knorr is a climate scientist, consultant for the European Space Agency and guest researcher at the Department of Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University

Swiss Army Knife

Why “the West” needs resilience more than anything else right now

Resilience is the weak point of the economic-social-political system we have come to know as the “West”.

June 17, 2024

Site of protests again expansion of lignite coal ming in Germany.

Wolfgang Knorr – Why voting Green won’t solve the climate issue

There is no stopping climate breakdown without stopping moral decay and the death of democracy.

June 13, 2024

The Somnanbulist

Sleepwalking into catastrophe

We should not kid ourselves: the looming danger of planetary heating is that seismic shifts in our global society will be inevitable, brought about by a combination of voluntary or forced adaptation and impacts, and that a hapless elite, unable to face reality, will sleepwalk us all into catastrophe.

March 25, 2024


The Coming Sunsetting of the Climate Issue

At a time when Western leaders, fearful of losing control, drive us down dangerous confrontational paths – with other countries, or with the biosphere – disobedience, not attention grabbing, is the call of the moment.

February 6, 2024

Hope in Pandora's box

Wolfgang Knorr – When Fear of Defeat becomes Self-Fulfilling

There is an uncomfortable question here that we all need to answer: how much do we actually care about the climate crisis? Why would negotiators and activists at COP28 invoke such impossible optimism to dispel a sense of defeat?

December 15, 2023

COP 23 demonstration in Bonn (2017 )

Overcoming authoritarian centrism – a vision for the climate movement

With COP28 starting and this time hosted in one of the most intensely carbon polluting countries, it is time to reflect on the where and what of the climate movement. …We need to learn to search in ourselves for the points where false hope is keeping us from really expressing what deep down we are convinced of. In other words, we need to grow up and break the chains of self-censorship…

November 28, 2023

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