Daily Archives: February 8, 2013

Al Gore and ABC’s Bill Blakemore Among Harvard Online Presenters | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

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http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2013/01/al-gore-and-abcs-bill-blakemore-among-harvard-online-presenters/

January 30, 2013

Harvard’s online Extension Service is about to begin a semester-long climate change science, social impacts course for non-credit and for-credit registrants and for either graduate or undergraduate credits. Today’s first class available to all.

Harvard University’s worldwide Harvard Extension Service on January 30 is launching a semester-long 15-week online for-credit or not-for-credit undergraduate and graduate level course on climate change.

With outside speakers including former Vice President Al Gore and veteran ABC News reporter Bill Blakemore, the course is being taught by William R. Moomaw of Tufts University and Timothy C.Weiskel, a social anthropologist and historian. Weiskel for some time has been teaching online courses on global climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice in the Sustainability and Environmental Management (SEM) program through Harvard’s Extension School.

Individuals enrolling in the course will have access to and instructions from the “Clearing House for Environmental Course Materials,” which Weiskel says can support ongoing work long after an individual course ends.      …. (more).

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

BBC News – Nigeria polio vaccinators shot dead in Kano

Nigeria is one of only three countries where polio is still endemic

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21381773
8 February 2013 Last updated at 06:47 ET

Nigeria under attack

Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centres in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC.

In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle.

Thirty minutes later gunmen targeted a clinic outside Kano city as the vaccinators prepared to start work.

Some Nigerian Muslim leaders have previously opposed polio vaccinations, claiming they could cause infertility.

On Thursday, a controversial Islamic cleric spoke out against the polio vaccination campaign, telling people that new cases of polio were caused by contaminated medicine.

Such opposition is a major reason why Nigeria is one of just three countries where polio is still endemic.
…(more).

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

We don’t need nuclear power to meet climate goals and keep lights on | Caroline Lucas

Sizewell B nuclear power station, Suffolk. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/feb/08/nuclear-power-climate-change

It would be a folly to think that there is no hope of tackling climate change without nuclear power

Making the case for new nuclear this week, George Monbiot admitted that, what with the proposed nuclear waste dump in Cumbria being rejected and Centrica pulling out of new nuclear in the UK, the facts are not exactly working in his favour. But his argument raised two crucial questions.

First, what is actually happening as a result of Germany’s nuclear phase-out? Is Angela Merkel now barrelling down a catastrophic, high-carbon coal path, or is the reality more complex?

It’s true that there has been a spike in coal burning, but this is largely because the EU carbon price has collapsed and gas prices have risen – meaning that burning coal and lignite is cheaper than burning gas. Right now, Germany’s renewable energy boom is displacing gas, rather than coal.

Moreover, since the country’s decision to phase out nuclear, no new coal plants have been proposed and some have even been cancelled. So it is a massive oversimplification to state that Germany’s decision to go nuclear free means more reliance on coal – either now or in the future. …(more).

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

Sustaining our Earth’s Ecosystems: Environmental Panel

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

Harvard Extension School

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About Harvard Extension School

Harvard Extension School is one of 13 schools at Harvard and the University’s primary resource for continuing education.

For more than 100 years the Extension School has brought Harvard academics, faculty, and resources to nearly half a million students from all walks of life across the globe.

Whether you want to pursue a lifelong passion, gain valued credentials, or simply take a class online or on campus for the pure pleasure of learning, our 600 courses and part-time degree and certificate programs offer something for everyone.

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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

The sky as a ‘sewer’ | Harvard Gazette

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By Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer, Thursday, February 7, 2013

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/02/the-sky-as-a-sewer/

Gore says society must focus on cleaning the air as it has its waterways

“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane. It traps heat,” Al Gore told a packed Memorial Church. “A lot of communities experience one in 100-year events, one in 1,000-year events … every few years.”

Society treats the sky as an “open sewer,” pumping carbon waste into the air much as it used to dump bodily waste into waterways, and with the same results. People are getting sick, Al Gore, the former vice president and climate activist, told a packed Memorial Church crowd on Wednesday.

Gore ’69 compared the climate crisis to 19th-century cholera epidemics, including one in London where the outbreak was traced to a single water pump whose source was infected by feces containing the cholera bacterium. The understanding of disease transmission that resulted prompted changes in handling human waste. Dumping carbon waste into the atmosphere needs curbing, Gore said.

The climate change resulting from carbon dumping practices harms human health, Gore said. Not only are people adversely affected by droughts, heat waves, and stronger storms, but a warming Earth will see expansion of the range of disease-carrying insects, bacteria, and parasites, Gore said. Last year, the warmest on record in the United States, also saw the worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.

“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane. It traps heat,” Gore said. “A lot of communities experience one in 100-year events, one in 1,000-year events … every few years.”

Gore delivered the inaugural Paul R. Epstein Memorial Lecture in honor of the former Harvard Medical School instructor and authority on the links between climate change and human health. Epstein, who died of cancer in 2011, was the founder and associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, which sponsored the event.

The session included comments from Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church; Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health; John Spengler, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation; and Eric Chivian, co-founder of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.                      …(more).

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

Eniro Close-Up: Plastic Free


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Published on Feb 7, 2013

Eniro Close-Up with Karl Grossman: Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

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

BBC News – Chinese New Year sees 200 million people on the move

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21377975
7 February 2013 Last updated at 20:38 ET

Over 200 million people are on the move in China to be with their families for Chinese or Lunar new year this weekend.

The massive migration means the pressure on the transport network is reaching a critical point.

The BBC’s Celia Hatton reports from Beijing.,

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

BBC News – Germany’s biofuel crop concerns

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19688358
22 September 2012 Last updated at 12:36 ET

As food prices around the world continue to rise, environmentalists say the problem is being made worse by the increased amount of farm land being used to grow biofuels.

In Germany, shepherds say their traditional way of farming is under threat as meadows they have always used for grazing are being turned over to biofuel crops.

Meanwhile farmers who grow both food and fuel crops have found they cannot sell their food crops for a decent price, and can only stay in business if they sell it for fuel production instead.

Steve Evans reports from northern Germany.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters    http://Food-Matters.TV

BBC News – Sauerkraut juice powers plant in France

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21373306
7 February 2013 Last updated at 12:26 ET

Producers of sauerkraut, or choucroute as it is known in French, have turned to utilizing the fermented cabbage juice to produce bio-gas.

The acidic juice formerly treated as waste due for disposal, now powers a local water treatment plant, with the excess energy sold back into the grid.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters    http://Food-Matters.TV