Daily Archives: November 24, 2012

James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

 

Published on Mar 7, 2012 by

http://www.ted.com Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.

Global Climate Change   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145

Environment Ethics   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster

http://www.ted.com/talks/caitria_and_morgan_o_neill_how_to_step_up_in_the_face_of_disaster.html

After a natural disaster strikes, there’s only a tiny window of opportunity to rally effective recovery efforts before the world turns their attention elsewhere. Who should be in charge? When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill — just 20 and 24 at the time — took the reins and are now teaching others how to do the same. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

When a freak tornado hit her Massachusetts hometown, Caitria O’Neill wasn’t an expert in disaster relief recovery. But she learned quickly and is now passing her knowledge on through the website Recovers.org. Full bio »

Pursuing her PhD in atmospheric science did not prepare Morgan O’Neill for a freak tornado hitting her hometown. With her sister, she helped coordinate a local relief effort and is teaching other towns to do the same through the website Recovers.org. Full bio »

Global Climate Change   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145

Environment Ethics   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Vicki Arroyo: Let’s prepare for our new climate

http://www.ted.com/talks/vicki_arroyo_let_s_prepare_for_our_new_climate.html

As Vicki Arroyo says, it’s time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world — local examples of thinking ahead. Read our Q&A with Vicki Arroyo.

Vicki Arroyo uses environmental law and her background in biology and ecology to help prepare for global climate change. Full bio »

Global Climate Change   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre13
Environment Ethics   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Jeff Hancock: The future of lying

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hancock_3_types_of_digital_lies.html

Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.

Jeff Hancock studies how we interact by email, text message and social media blips, seeking to understand how technology mediates communication. Full bio »

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David Binder: The arts festival revolution

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_binder_the_arts_festival_revolution.html

David Binder is a major Broadway producer, but last summer he found himself in a small Australian neighborhood, watching locals dance and perform on their lawns — and loving it. He shows us the new face of arts festivals, which break the boundary between audience and performer and help cities express themselves.

A four-time Tony nominee, theater producer David Binder is interested in taking performances off the stage. Full bio »

Environment Ethics   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

http://www.ted.com/talks/hannah_brencher_love_letters_to_strangers.html

Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

Hannah Brencher believes in the power of pen and paper, and has started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters. Full bio

Environmental Justice   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics   http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Human Rights Watch Campaigns Against ‘Killer Robots’

Published on Nov 23, 2012 by VOAvideo

Technology is moving fast when it comes to “autonomous systems”, intelligent machines that perform tasks with little or no human guidance. In modern warfare, drones and other unmanned vehicles are playing an increasing role, with militaries embracing a technology that they say makes war safer and more effective. But human rights campaigners fear what might be to come — fully autonomous weapons that could select and engage targets without human intervention — and they want a new global treaty to stop that from happening. Selah Hennessy reports for VOA from London.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

On The Money: Oil Patch

Published on Nov 24, 2012 by RussiaToday

Which way will the Russian oil and gas output go? The IEA forecasts a slight decline – will this hold true? What potential do unconventional fuels in Siberia and the Arctic have? How strong are the political risks? What will the reactions in the world market be? Peter Lavelle is joined by Jacob Nell, Chris Weafer, Dmitry Loukashov and Simon Fentham-Fletcher to discuss Russia’s perspectives in the oil and gas sector.

Follow Peter Lavelle on Twitter http://twitter.com/PLCROSSTALK

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Inside Story Americas – Time to monitor Guatemala’s mining sector?

Published on Nov 24, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

A Canadian mining company stands accused of violating human rights and damaging the environment in Guatemala. As the price of gold has rocketed amidst global economic uncertainty, Goldcorp argues it is sharing its record revenues with an impoverished community by providing jobs and economic development. The company owns the Marlin mine in Guatemala, which was opened in 2005 despite the objections of indiginous communities.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Portuguese youth turn to farm work

Published on Nov 24, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

In Portugal, jobs are in such short supply that some young people have turned to farm work. With a few modern twists, they’re making some good money. Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer reports from Alentejo.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
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