Daily Archives: August 6, 2013

The Climate Is Set to Change ‘Orders of Magnitude’ Faster Than at Any Other Time in the Past 65 Million Years – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/08/the-climate-is-set-to-change-orders-of-magnitude-faster-than-at-any-other-time-in-the-past-65-million-years/278290/

The pace of global warming is going to make it difficult if not impossible for species to find appropriate habitats.
Rebecca J. Rosen
Aug 2 2013, 10:49 AM ET

Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth’s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been.

And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won’t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Allan Savory – Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs


Steven Schwartz

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Allan Savory’s presentation on January 25, 2013, about how Holistic Management restores grasslands from land that’s degraded to desert. This innovative, natural, and simple idea mimics Nature by using careful management of livestock to stimulate the regrowth of grasses, animals, and puts large amount of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from the air into the soil. The event was sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and Planet-TECH Associates, a consultancy focusing on innovations for a regenerative future. Videography provided by Local Flavor LLC.

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Examples of Grassland Restoration – Excerpt from Talk by Allan Savory at Tufts University


Steven Schwartz

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Excerpted from Allan Savory’s presentation on January 25, 2013 at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, this segment highlights examples of how Holistic Management restores grasslands from land that’s degraded to desert. This innovative, natural, and simple idea mimics Nature by using careful management of livestock to stimulate the regrowth of grasses, animals, and puts large amount of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from the air into the soil.

Event sponsored by The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, the The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and Planet-TECH Associates of Somerville, MA. Videography provided by Local Flavor LLC.

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Clinton Foundation — Climate Change

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/our-work/by-topic/climate-change.html

Taking Action on Climate Change

Our world is warming at an unsustainable rate. The ways in which we consume and produce energy today will affect our environment tomorrow. Already we can see how climate change is disrupting fragile ecosystems, exacerbating inequality, and fueling competition over finite resources. Most of the world’s population now lives in cities, which occupy 2 percent of the world’s landmass but contribute to more than two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. And emissions from deforestation account for another 17 percent of the world’s total.

By targeting these root causes of climate change, we can develop solutions to help change the course of our planet’s future. Cities can lead the charge by introducing cleaner public transportation, alternative waste management, and building retrofits. Communities that depend on forests can be engaged in conserving them. And collectively, we can demonstrate that measures to protect our environment can also benefit our economies by saving money for governments and individuals while creating local jobs.

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Clinton Foundation — Forestry

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/our-work/by-initiative/clinton-climate-initiative/programs/forestry.html

Forestry

Deforestation, forest degradation, and peatland emissions contribute to approximately 15 percent of human-caused global carbon dioxide emissions. Many countries cut down forests, for economic gain from timber, to clear land for large-scale agriculture, and for subsistence. The loss of forests and changing land use has been both a driver and a result of poverty in developing countries.

CCI’s Forestry Program is working with governments and local partners in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania and Guyana in two principal areas: developing sustainable forest management pilot projects including Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and measuring forest carbon emissions. Together these activities can help countries reduce poverty by creating a revenue stream from the sale of carbon credits and other forest goods and services.

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

The Land Institute

http://www.landinstitute.org/

At The Land Institute, we believe that a solution for the 10,000 year old problem of agriculture — soil loss and degradation, ecosystem destruction, and high energy use — is not only necessary, but possible. Our goal is to fashion an agriculture as sustainable as the native ecosystems it displaced, to find a way of growing crops that .

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

James Lovelock – A Final Warning: by Nature Video

nature video

Uploaded on Apr 22, 2009

James Lovelock is best known as the father of Gaia theory; the idea that all parts of our planet form a complex interacting system, like a single organism. His new book depicts Gaia in trouble. In this interview Lovelock sounds a final warning for planet earth and enthuses about his upcoming space trip.

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