Daily Archives: January 5, 2016

Shock Waves : Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty

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Ending poverty and stabilizing climate change will be two unprecedented global achievements and two major steps toward sustainable development. But the two objectives cannot be considered in isolation: they need to be jointly tackled through an integrated strategy.

This report brings together those two objectives and explores how they can more easily be achieved if considered together. It examines the potential impact of climate change and climate policies on poverty reduction.It also provides guidance on how to create a “win-win” situation so that climate change policies contribute to poverty reduction and poverty-reduction policies contribute to climate change mitigation and resilience building.

The key finding of the report is that climate change represents a significant obstacle to the sustained eradication of poverty, but future impacts on poverty are determined by policy choices: rapid, inclusive, and climate-informed development can prevent most short-term impacts whereas immediate pro-poor, emissions-reduction policies can drastically limit long-term ones.

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Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News: 11/17/15


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Published on Nov 17, 2015

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Editing the Genome of Mosquitoes


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Published on Jan 5, 2016

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) How should we balance the benefits of limiting or possibly eliminating a disease that kills 1000 people a day against the possible disruption of an ecosystem? Valentino Gantz, and Ethan Bier recently published a Science paper describing a new mechanism of “gene drive.” This is not just a matter of editing the genes of a single individual, but an opportunity to make a change that will drive that change into all descendants of the original individual. Their publication resulted in international interest because of the broad potential applications of this new technology, which could rapidly produce beneficial genetic changes. Others have argued that because of the risks and implications of such research the work should not even have been published.

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BBC World Service – Newshour Extra, Editing the Human Genome

Remarkable new techniques for ‘editing’ DNA – chemically cutting and splicing sections of genetic code – are revolutionising research in laboratories around the world. The potential for eradicating hereditary diseases is enormous. But are the benefits outweighed by the risks involved? And should these techniques ever be used on humans? On Newshour Extra this week, Owen Bennett Jones and his panel of expert guests discuss the scientific and ethical consequences of this latest research, and ask whether mankind should be tinkering with our genetic inheritance.

Contributors: Prof Robin Lovell-Badge – Head of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute; Michael Le Page -New Scientist magazine; Dr Annelien Bredenoord – Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht; Marcy Darnovsky – Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, Berkeley, California; James Rushbrooke – playwrite; Edward Perello – co-founder of Desktop Genetics

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Adapting to a Warmer World: BBC World Service – Newshour Extra

Our world is getting warmer despite the best efforts of the scientists, politicians and diplomats. A global agreement in Paris on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions may help slow the rise in temperature, but it’s rising nonetheless. What might the world look like if the temperature keeps rising? There will be many losers – but who are the likely winners? And what does humanity need to do to adapt to the inevitable changes ahead? Owen Bennett Jones and a star cast of guests discuss how humanity can survive in a warming world.

Contributors:
James Lovelock – Environmentalist and originator of Gaia theory; Heather McGray – Director of the Vulnerability & Adaptation programme at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC; Saleemul Huq – Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh; Mark Maslin – Professor of Climatology at University College London; McKenzie Funk – Journalist and author of ‘Windfall’
Rutger de Graaf – Delta Sync a Dutch company developing climate-adaptation concepts; Paulo Bacigalupi – Climate fiction (‘cli-fi’) author

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Global Trade: the New Imperialism? BBC World Service – Newshour Extra

In December, the World Trade Organisation will hold major talks in Nairobi, Kenya – the first time ever one of its high-level summits has been in Africa. Global trade has brought enormous economic benefits, but has the WTO failed in its prime directive to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” through more equitable trading relationships? Is the world trade regime fair, or is the game fundamentally rigged against developing countries?

And as the major powers increasingly turn to regional agreements like the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership, does the WTO even matter anymore?

Join Owen Bennett-Jones and his panel of experts, including a former director general of the WTO, as they discuss the future of global trade, and whether developing countries can ever reap the benefits.

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Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News: 1/5/16


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Published on Jan 5, 2016

Thom Hartmann comments on science and green news for the week of January 4, 2016

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