Dr. Denny Taylor

Research on Climate CHange

Responding to Climate Change.


It is now a well-accepted scientific fact that we have left the 10,000 years of stable weather patterns that were the signature of our beloved Holocene, and we have entered the Anthropocene which is hotter, wetter, drier, more turbulent, unpredictable and polluted because of human activity. Given this worldwide life threatening deterioration of the circumstances in which children are expected to live their lives, it could be argued that the greatest advancement human beings could make in the 21st century is to ensure the survival of their children. For the past 20 years Denny Taylor’s research and activism has focused on the dynamic complexity of the work that must be done to make the planet a child safe zone.


Research on Climate Change.


In August 2009 Denny Taylor participated in the ICSU/ISSC On-Line Global Visioning Consultation that had 1,016 registered users from 85 countries, and during which 323 research questions were posed which were used as a basis for a document on the Grand Challenges facing humanity.

In 2010 Denny Taylor participated in the ICSU/ISSC Open Visioning Consultation Forum, UNESCO, Paris, that resulted in the publication of the Grand Challenges Report, which is a consensus list of the highest priorities for Earth system science that would remove critical barriers impeding progress toward sustainable development. More than 200 scientists and 46 institutions worldwide reviewed the draft of the Grand Challenges.

A year of intensive research and writing followed, which resulted in four transdisciplinary research papers combining data from the social & physical sciences, qualitative and quantitative, that consciously employed ways of thinking derived from the humanities, especially from works on the philosophy of science.

Denny Taylor submitted four proposals based on these papers for the Planet Under Pressure Global Conference on Earth System Science that took place in London in 2012. All four proposals were peer reviewed by researchers in the physical sciences and accepted. They focused on: 1) The State of the Planet; 2) Meeting Global Needs; 3) Transforming our Ways of Living; and 4) Governing Across Scales.


"Governing Across Scales."

"Meeting Global Needs."

“Transforming our Ways of Living.”

“The State of the Planet.”

For the past 20 years Denny Taylor’s research and activism has focused on the dynamic complexity of the work to make the planet a child safe zone.

Planet Under Pressure Research .PDF Downloads.


Integrating The Social Sciences And Humanities In Earth System Science To Address The ICSU/ISSC Grand Challenges

At the present time we are not well prepared for extreme weather events, for global economic instability, for the impact of food and water shortages, for public health emergencies, for industrial disasters, for natural disasters, or for the social and political unrest and armed conflict that is often associated with these extreme conditions. The increasing scale and intensity of these complexly interrelated disasters challenges our capacity to adequately respond, either in the aftermath of the events taking place or in the recovery phase of disasters.

Unpackaging Human Enterprise And Communicating With The Public

This 11-year transdisciplinary study draws on the physical and social sciences and humanities in response to the overwhelming scientific evidence that people are changing the planet. Governments must act. Reducing carbon dioxide (CO₂) will require legislation, but this will not be enough to reduce our transgression of planetary boundaries which places humanity at grave risk.

The Great Acceleration: The Anthopocene, Kicks, Dead Zones And Bridging The Abyss

In the spirit of Stephen Toulmin this poster is designed to: (1) provide a conceptual framework for rethinking the relationships between physical and social scientists and scholars in the humanities; (2) to provide a starting point for the reconceptualization of school and university curricular divisions; and (3) to encourage the reengagement of the public in conversations about inseparable relationships between people and the planet.

When The Temperature Rises More Than 2 ⁰C What Will We Do?

When the temperature rises more than 2⁰ C what will we do? What can we learn from our response to present catastrophes which are increasingly caused by extreme weather conditions associated with climate change? Our present emergency procedures for coping with human and ecological disasters are inadequate or non-existent. Given the ever increasing volume of disasters that people experience worldwide, we should be better prepared.


Climate Change Report Downloads.


U.N. 2018 HLPF Sustainable Development Goals Peer Review Report

[U.N. 2018 HLPF DOC 1. v.1 2018] This comparative analysis of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals is based on: 1) ethnographic observation and documentation of the U.N. 2018 HLPF; 2) participation in events during the U.N. General Assembly; 3) attendance at planning meetings for the HLPF and UNGA; and 4) a sociolinguistic analysis of the extensive documentation pertaining to the SDGs and the HLPF, including email communications, website presentations, official reports and papers, scientific research studies, and media coverage and commentary.


Why Public School Policy Makers Should Be Tackling Climate Change For Our Children

By establishing a common purpose for the education of children in K-12 public schools, the possibility exists that parents and teachers can create opportunities for children to form deep connections with the life forces of Earth, and also establish the conditions for a rapid rethinking of these connections that will cascade through society, uniting the people around the world who are also struggling to establish strategies for survival even if their governments are not.


Transdisciplinary Research on the Human Impact on Global Earth Systems

On June 22, 2010 at UNESCO in Paris, the International Council for Science (ICSU) called for scientists to reform their own structure. Johan Rockström stated, “We have put ourselves in this position. There have been great advances in science. As scientists it is fundamental that we move towards institutional frameworks to support research for a more sustainable world.” He talked of “something profound and new: and of an “historic opportunity.”


Organizing Principles for Human Activity in Earth Systems Research

This presentation draws on transdisciplinary research conducted through the International Center for Everybody’s Child at Hofstra University. The research focuses on the increasing exposure of children worldwide to catastrophic events, armed conflict, extreme poverty and public health emergencies.


The Impact of Global Environmental Change on the Health, Well-Being and Academic Development of Children

Given the world wide life threatening deterioration of the circumstances in which children are expected to live their lives, it could be argued that the greatest advancement human beings could make in the 21st century is to ensure the survival of their children.