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By Project MUSE

Project MUSE today launches a new MUSE in Focus on its digital platform, “MUSE in Focus: Humanity’s “Code Red” on Climate Change.

The content is a curated selection of scholarship on Project MUSE exploring the human causes and effects of climate change, and the urgency of action to avert future catastrophe.

In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that details the urgent threat of climate change over the coming decades. The report calls for immediate action to address the deeply entrenched global systems that rely on and perpetuate the consumption of greenhouse-gases. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described the findings as a "code red for humanity."

The scope of this challenge is daunting. Each year brings increased temperatures, extreme weather, and wildfires signifying the damages already done. Preventing further destruction will require a broad understanding of the myriad social, political, cultural, and economic forces that have exacerbated the problem.

According to Kelley Squazzo, Director of Publisher Relations at Project MUSE, “Given the IPCC findings, as well as news reports we see daily, we believe it’s part of our responsibility as a scholarly platform to highlight peer-reviewed content that provides informed research on this critical issue. Thank you to our participating publishers for making most of this content temporarily free to all readers through the end of October.” 

MUSE in Focus is an ongoing series of curated resources, comprising content from participating publishers across Project MUSE’s broad corpus, designed to contribute interdisciplinary, scholarly context to current events and issues. Other topics include: “MUSE in Focus: Roots of the Attack on Democracy”, “MUSE in Focus: Charting the Digital Humanities”, “MUSE in Focus: Commemorating the 19th Amendment”, "MUSE in Focus: Confronting Structural Racism", "MUSE in Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic" and "MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence." 

About Project MUSE 

For more than 25 years, Project MUSE has been a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community around the world and an integral part of the scholarly communications ecosystem and platform of choice for respected not-for-profit publishers. Currently, Project MUSE is the trusted and reliable source for over 700 journals and over 70,000 books, from more than 200 of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. MUSE also hosts thousands of open access books and several open access journal titles, freely available to anyone worldwide.