The United Nations Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report in October 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C. The report examines those risks that could be avoided by containing global warming to 1.5 °C and what action would be necessary to achieve this. See appendix giving highlights from the report or read it in full here: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/ Read More
“FREE will is obviously an age old puzzle. Are we free to make our own choices or are we determined by our genes and our environments?” Dr Tillmann Vierkant is a senior lecturer at Edinburgh University’s school of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, and has worked with the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology project including helping them report to the General Assembly in 2012. This article first appeared in the September issue of Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland. You can subscribe here http://www.lifeandwork.org/subscribe/subscribe Read More
The annual Week of Prayer for the work of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project takes place in June. So how can you be involved? Read More
The Church and Society Council SRT Project reported on Surveillance and Social Justice at the 2017 General Assemby ofthe Church of Scotland. It is hoped the report will stimulate Christians who are both subjects and professional users of surveillance to affirm and challenge its value. Read More
We live in a world where we seem to interact more and more with machines; whether that is through our mobile phones, our fitness trackers or our (increasingly automated) cars. The ways in which we interact with machines is not only increasing- it is also evolving. Many of us are old enough to remember when we instructed computers using punch cards; I am typing this on a standard keyboard, but when I browse the net I use a different form of interaction with a machine, pointing and clicking on links or icons- often using swiping and touch screens. Read More
Concluding eight years as a member of the SRT committee, six as convener, I feel that my horizons have been significantly expanded as I recall some of my experiences in this role. Firstly, the strengths, talents and experience brought to the group by individual members gives depth and authenticity to our discussions covering a broad range of topics. The addition of co-opted members drawn from a variety of professional and denominational backgrounds also ensures we capture informed comment from a spectrum of scientific disciplines and Christian traditions. Read More
2016 is on track to be the warmest year on record. Temperatures are likely to be on average approximately 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels. This follows on from two years, 2014 and 2015 that were themselves record breaking. 2016 was also a year of momentous political developments. On the positive side the Paris climate agreement of 2015 came into effect on the 4 November 2016 following a signing ceremony at the United Nations in April in New York and ratification by 55 countries accounting for over 55 % of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Elsewhere less auspicious political developments were taking place with the election of Donald Trump to become president of the USA, a man who has previously expressed scepticism about climate change and has apparently little enthusiasm for the Paris agreement. Why does this matter? Read More
A short history of SRTP has been prepared by Dr. John Francis.