Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

BBC News – Climate model forecast is revised

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20947224
8 January 2013 Last updated at 10:17 ET

By David Shukman Science editor, BBC News

The Met Office says its long-term projections forecast significant warming

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The UK Met Office has revised one of its forecasts for how much the world may warm in the next few years.

It says that the average temperature is likely to rise by 0.43 C by 2017 – as opposed to an earlier forecast that suggested a warming of 0.54C.

The explanation is that a new kind of computer model using different parameters has been used.

The Met Office stresses that the work is experimental and that it still stands by its longer-term projections.
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Rogue geoengineering could ‘hijack’ world’s climate

Techniques aimed at averting global warming could lead to an unpredictable international crisis, a report has warned

John Vidal    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 January 2013 16.15 GMT

The deployment of independent, large-scale “geoengineering” techniques aimed at averting dangerous warming warrants more research, says the WEF. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

The world’s climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The deployment of independent, large-scale “geoengineering” techniques aimed at averting dangerous warming warrants more research because it could lead to an international crisis with unpredictable costs to agriculture, infrastructure and global stability, said the Geneva-based WEF in its annual Global Risks report before the Davos economic summit later this month. It also warned that ongoing economic weakness is sapping the ability of governments to tackle the growing threat of climate change.

“The global climate could, in effect, be hijacked. For example, an island state threatened with rising sea levels may decide they have nothing to lose, or a well-funded individual with good intentions may take matters into their own hands,” the report notes. It said there are “signs that this is already starting to occur”, highlighting the case of a story broken by the Guardian involving the dumping of 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off the Canadian coast in 2012, in a bid to spawn plankton and capture carbon.

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Food Abundance Academy

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About Food Abundance Academy

Solving hunger worldwide by facilitating local food hyper-production.

If millions of people grow abundant food locally, hunger doesn’t stand a chance. Become part of the solution:

SEE the Future. FEED the Future. CHANGE the Future. Now go grow some food!

Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

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6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre – Urban Farm – Urban Homestead – Growing Your Own Food – YouTube


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Published on Mar 20, 2012

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

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“Urban Agriculture as Civic Engagement” a presentation by Rachel Black


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Published on Apr 10, 2012

Rachel Black is an assistant professor and the academic coordinator of the Gastronomy Program at Boston University. Black has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and her research focuses on urban agriculture and food distribution in cities.

This presentation was part of the “Growing Civic Fruit” Symposium held at Boston University, in partnership with Artists in Context and the Boston Tree Party. For a recap of the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/Hiu4z7

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

McDonough Community Garden | Our mission is to promote urban agriculture, horticultural therapy and envirornmental stewardship.

http://mcdonoughgarden.com/

McDonough Community Garden is a 8500 Square feet community garden on Richmond Virginia Southside located in a USDA denoted food desert. 33rd and Forest Hill Ave, like 2 blocks from Crossroads coffee & ice cream shop.

There are tons of benefits for this to the community including a beautiful edible landscape perfect for horticultural therapy, a community space for social gatherings and cultural activities and youth programs teaching children and teens in the community social entrepreneurship, biology, nutrition and ecology. In addition, the space has a great potential for bridge building in the community allowing for inter-generational and cross cultural dialogues. The site is also located in a food desert and will allow for easier access to fresh fruit and vegetables to the community that surrounds it.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV