Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

Activists plant flag on Arctic seabed

E120, e130,

2013 Sea Level Rise Summit – Presented by the Association of Climate Change Officers

http://www.sealevelrisesummit.org/

Sea-Level-Rising-Summit

The inaugural Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

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

April 15 News: U.S. And China Officially Working Together To Confront Climate Change

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/15/1864031/april-15-news-us-and-china-officially-working-together-to-confront-climate-change/

By Ryan Koronowski on Apr 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

The U.S. and China agreed in a joint statement to create a “Climate Change Working Group” that will present cooperation opportunities “on technology, research, conservation, and alternative and renewable energy.” [The
Hill
]

The statement starts:

The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China recognize that the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative. The two sides have been engaged in constructive discussions through various channels over several years bilaterally and multilaterally, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the Major Economies Forum. In addition, both sides consider that the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding climate change constitutes a compelling call to action crucial to having a global impact on climate change.

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 – Biofuels: ‘Irrational’ and ‘worse than fossil fuels’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22127123
14 April 2013 Last updated at 20:29 ET
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News

The majority of biodiesel in the UK comes from recycled cooking oil
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The UK’s “irrational” use of biofuels will cost motorists around £460 million over the next 12 months, a think tank says.

A report by Chatham House says the growing reliance on sustainable liquid fuels will also increase food prices.

The author says that biodiesel made from vegetable oil was worse for the climate than fossil fuels.

Under EU law, biofuels are set to make up 5% of the UK’s transport fuel from today.

“It creates a financial incentive to buy refined palm oil, cook a chip in it to turn it into used cooking oil and then sell it at profit…”

Rob Bailey Chatham House

Since 2008, the UK has required fuel suppliers to add a growing proportion of sustainable materials into the petrol and diesel they supply. These biofuels are mainly ethanol distilled from corn and biodiesel made from rapeseed, used cooking oil and tallow.

Deep fried fuel

But research carried out for Chatham House says that reaching the 5% level means that UK motorists will have to pay an extra £460m a year because of the higher cost of fuel at the pump and from filling up more often as biofuels have a lower energy content. ….(read more).

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

World climate change goal at risk as emissions surge – UN – AlertNet

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/world-climate-change-goal-at-risk-as-emissions-surge-un/

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:20 GMT

Source: reuters // Reuters

 

A gauge shows a surface temperature reading of approximately 110 degrees Farenheit (43 degrees Celsius) at the venue of the preliminary round beach volleyball match between Australia and Georgia at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

* May need to suck emissions from air if cuts delayed

* Would mark sea change in climate change policy

* Greenhouse gases rising at record pace, led by China

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle

OSLO, April 12 (Reuters) – A global goal for limiting climate change is slipping out of reach and governments may have to find ways to artificially suck greenhouse gases from the air if they fail to make deep cuts in rising emissions by 2030, a draft U.N. report said. ….(read more).

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

Philip H. Howard | Community, Food and Agriculture Book/Film Database

https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/booksfilms.html

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

Endowments, Pensions and Climate Change Conference – Presented by the Association of Climate Change Officers

http://www.accoonline.org/ccls/endowments2013/

University endowment funds account for more than $400 billion in combined assets, while pension funds account for trillions of dollars in investments. Recent media coverage of student and activist rallies on college campuses related to university endowments has compared the role of fossil fuel investments to that of tobacco investments in previous decades, and the City of Seattle has just announced an
intention to take on a divestment approach with respect to its pension fund.

With education costs skyrocketing and the number of endowments and pension funds applying principles of environmental, social and corporate (ESG) governance in decline, developing strategies for achieving financially practical outcomes while addressing climate related risks is imperative. Please join us a for 1-day workshop in Washington, DC (and available via webinar simulcast) examining practical approaches to tackling this challenging issue.

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

April 15 @ 4pm: Sen. Wirth’s Climate Change Study Group

http://www.climate-talks.net/2013-ENVRE130/20130414-Tim-Wirth-IOP-Event.html

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

MIT Nobel Prize Panel – How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century?

http://videolectures.net/mitworld_pachauri_sumi_reilly_najam_hwcc/

MIT Nobel Peace Prize Panel Assessment

Slide program indicator to:  min. 9:42 for Professor Moomaw’s initial comments.

Rajendra K. Pachauri leads fellow members of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC in a remarkable public session of soul-searching. Now that the IPCC has helped make climate change a signal issue of our times, what next?

John Reilly wonders whether the IPCC should be celebrating any success, given that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise in spite of all the comprehensive study. Given the “dismal outcome so far,” it’s important that the IPCC “avoid the complacency that comes with big awards,” and that “much, all of the work is still there to be done.”

“It’s probably time for sunset, Michael Golay suggests.” Now that the IPCC has succeeded in establishing climate change as “a reality among at least the chattering classes,” the next step is actually a social question, one that is much more difficult than coming up with new technologies. “We’re really talking about interfering with markets, and doing this in a way that doesn’t become simply another vehicle for creating profits for special interests….”

William Moomaw believes IPCC reports have made possible policy and corporate innovations that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago, and the IPCC should continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the world, laying out the technological and economic possibilities. Says Moomaw, “We got off to a bad start. We talked about global warming as being an environmental issue when in fact global warming is a symptom of maldevelopment.” (read more)

see also: http://videolectures.net/william_moomaw/

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 Thoreau Society 2008 Lyceum Series, William + Margot Moomaw

Part 1

Part 2

Par 3

Part 4

Henry David Thoreau

Published on Aug 2, 2012

The Thoreau Society 2008 Lyceum Series, William + Margot Moomaw
http://www.thoreausociety.org/

William Moomaw will explain how Living Deliberately in the nineteenth century is very different from doing so today, as he unfolds the process of creating an energy-neutral home—a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Professor Moomaw and his wife Margot will explain how they designed and built a home that meets a “functional living standard” and maintains a modest ecological footprint, by coupling the practical design of traditional New
England-style homes with more modern technology. They will offer advice about applying these strategies for those building or remodeling their homes. Dr. Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently won a Nobel Prize.

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