Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

SCAR Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Report 2013 Update


SCARICSU

Published on Apr 24, 2013

Professor John Turner introduces the 2013 update to the SCAR Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Report

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Climate Leadership – Urban Adaptation

http://www.iscvt.org/news/international-climate-leadership-academy-on-urban-climate-adaptation/

From Risk Barriers to Results – Managing the Social, Political, Environmental, and Financial Risks of Urban Infrastructure

Date: August 13-15, 2013 Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Link to Application

Overview of the Opportunity

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) invite teams of three-to-five senior officials and/or key decision-makers from up to 10 second tier (populations between 1 and 4 million) and third tier (populations less than 1 million) cities and metropolitan regions to participate in a regional Climate Leadership Academy (CLA) on Urban Climate Adaptation – a unique training and peer-learning opportunity, focused on improving, expanding and accelerating cities’ efforts to better assess, prioritize and manage the local risks of climate change. Most costs for participants will be covered.

ASEAN cities are some of the most vulnerable to climate change. With more than 50 percent of the approximately 600 million people of ASEAN now living in cities, new climate-related risks, including extreme precipitation, heat events, and sea-level rise, are forcing more adaptive approaches to urban development. As a result, city practitioners across Southeast Asia are designing and building more resilient, ecologically integrated urban infrastructure, engaging their populations in inclusive decision-making, and collaborating across jurisdictions. These activities are spurring new innovations and investment opportunities in climate adaptation that are shaping the future of growth throughout the region.

This workshop is part of ICMA’s USAID-funded CityLinks program, which enables municipal officials in developing and decentralizing countries to draw on the resources of their US counterparts to find sustainable solutions tailored to the real needs of their cities.

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Cities and Climate Change Leadership | e-Institute

http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/cities-and-climate-change-leadership

Course
This e-learning course discusses how cities and urban regions can lead climate actions and mainstream climate mitigation and adaptation into their development plans. Its overall objective is to encourage city leaders and decision makers to undertake climate actions suitable to local needs. Specifically, the course will provide practical knowledge and skills to:

  • integrate appropriate climate actions into city-wide agendas;
  • apply proven tools and methodologies to identify the best course of climate action planning;
  • facilitate collaboration with different stakeholders and partners in planning and implementing climate actions; and
  • utilize policy, financial and technical instruments available within and outside administrative boundaries in designing and implementing timely climate actions.

This course is unique in that it covers all aspects of climate action by cities, including both adaptation and mitigation planning, at every stage—from surveying and visioning to strategic planning and implementation. Each lesson includes multimedia and interactive learning elements, and links to some of the most helpful documents, websites, city networks and international sources of expertise. Optional video clips are offered throughout, providing opportunities to learn directly from experienced city officials and world class experts.

For other e-institute courses see:

http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/CourseCalendarCurrent

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How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse

http://www.ecoshock.org/transcripts/greer_on_collapse.pdf

By John Michael Greer
© John Michael Greer 2005
Abstract
The collapse of complex human societies remains poorly understood and
current theories fail to model important features of historical examples of collapse. Relationships among resources, capital, waste, and production form the basis for an ecological model of collapse in which production fails to meet maintenance requirements for existing capital. Societies facing such crises after having depleted essential resources risk catabolic collapse, a self-reinforcing cycle of contraction converting most capital to waste. This model allows key features of historical examples of collapse to be accounted for, and suggests parallels between successional processes in nonhuman ecosystems and collapse phenomena in human societies.  (read more).

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How Big Business Secretly Robs America

E120, e145, e130

In Huge Win On Mountaintop Removal With Big Implications, Court Upholds EPA Authority To Protect Clean Water

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/24/1916861/in-huge-win-on-mountaintop-removal-with-big-implications-court-upholds-epa-authority-to-protect-clean-water/

By Jessica Goad, Guest Blogger on Apr 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

An important court decision yesterday on mountaintop removal mining for coal has significant ramifications for future decisions.

Yesterday’s ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect clean water from coal mine and other destructive waste. As one attorney working on the case put it:

[The] decision upholds essential protection for all Americans granted by the Clean Water Act. Communities in Appalachia can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing that EPA always has the final say to stop devastating permits for mountaintop removal mining. Now, we just need EPA to take action to protect more communities and mountain streams before they are gone for good.

Naturally, the industry’s backers in Congress are already threatening legislative action to take away the government’s authority to ensure clean water. For example, David McKinley (R-WV) said that “Congress must be vigilant and fight against overreach by all executive agencies.” …(read more)

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A Man For All Seasons: James Hansen Wins The Ridenhour Courage Prize

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/24/1899981/a-man-for-all-seasons-james-hansen-wins-the-ridenhour-courage-prize/

By Joe Romm on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

James Hansen was awarded the Ridenhour Courage Prize today. The Prize is “presented to an individual in recognition of his or her courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.”

I was given the great privilege of introducing Hansen. This is what I prepared:  Dr. James Hansen is being honored today in part because he told Congress: “The global warming now is large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause-and-effect relationship to the greenhouse effect.”

The courageous part isn’t what he said, it’s when he said it — 25 years ago, during the sweltering summer of 1988. It was the first high-profile public statement by a US government scientist alerting the country to this grave threat.

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