Published 2018-10-09

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Magazine presents Mistra EviEM research

The latest issue of the magazine Knowledge & Change, published by Mistra EviEM, highlights the value of systematic environmental reviews. It includes a report on how road verges should be managed to protect endangered flowers and pollinators.

Mistra EviEM (the Mistra Council for Evidence-based Environmental Management) has just published the latest issue of its magazine Knowledge & Change. Here, anyone who wants to do so can find out which British farm bird is most frequently mentioned in lyrical poetry. (Here, we shall not reveal which one it is.)

The issue also contains more profound articles. In one, Katherine Richardson (an American-born marine scientist who has strong emotional ties with the Nordic region) recounts her influences and emotional impressions, and explains why politicians should not rely on single research findings.

In another report, Kjell Asplund states his opinion that science is significant as a basis for decision making, but far from all-important.

Asplund has both reviewed the Macchiarini scandal at Karolinska Hospital and been a driving force in the use of systematic reviews for environmental management.

‘Systematic reviews both contribute both to better decisions and help to counteract the personality cult that had such catastrophic consequences at Karolinska.’

The Minister for the Environment, Karolina Skog, is said to have pointed out that without Swedish researchers’ involvement in public debate, the country would have had no environmental policy.

‘Don’t forget that feelings control our decisions too,’ Skog says.

Text: Per Westergård