Heather Rogers, author of Green Gone Wrong, discusses whether or not the consumption of earth-friendly products presents a solution to climate change. View full video at WGBH’s Forum Network: http://forum-network.org/lecture/clim…
Heather Rogers, author of “Green Gone Wrong,” discusses whether or not the consumption of earth-friendly products presents a solution to climate change at Cambridge Forum. Rogers argues that maybe the answer is not just consuming differently, but rather, consuming less. http://forum-
Activist, author, and film-maker John de Graaf looks beyond the current downturn to explore the assumptions underlying the U.S. economy at Cambridge Forum. In an election cycle that is focused on the economic future, his new book “What’s the Economy For, Anyway?” offers a different perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life balance, leisure, social justice, and sustainability. How can we measure economic success? Nationally? Individually? What is the role of growth in a 21st-century economy? What role can governments play in creating economic success? What is the individual’s role? Recorded 10/10/12. More lectures at http://forum-network.org
Political strategist Micheal Shellenberger discusses his book, “Break Through: Why We Can’t Leave the Planet to the Environmentalists,” at Cambridge Forum. Shellenberger questions whether climate change policy is moving in the right direction, and argues that the environmentalist movement is not equipped to handle the issue. http://forum-network.org
Kim Knowlton, DrPH, who was among the scientists who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report, discusses “Global Warming: A Matter of Health”. This talk is part of Cambridge Forum’s After Copenhagen: Global Climate Change Conference, recorded by Steve MacAusland. http://forum-network.org
Graphic designer Ken Ward and community organizer Andree Zaleska discuss how ordinary citizens can contribute to finding solutions to global warming. This talk is part of Cambridge Forum’s After Copenhagen: Global Climate Change Conference, recorded by Steve MacAusland. http://forum-network.org
Among the groups that have backed the right-wing law firm in the union case are entities used frequently by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Politico has reported the Kochs’ political machine now eclipses the official Republican Party in key areas, with about three-and-a-half times as many employees as the Republican National Committee. Meanwhile, a new book on the Koch brothers by New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer reveals the Koch brothers’ father, Fred Koch, helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany—a project approved personally by Adolf Hitler.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:00 By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout | Op-Ed
Exxon’s own research in the 1980s indicated that without major reductions in fossil fuel combustion, “[t]here are some potentially catastrophic events that must be considered.” (Photo: Luc B / Flickr)
More than 50,000 people from around the world came together in Paris in December 2015 to address the single biggest threat to the survival of the natural world – the climate crisis. There is virtual unanimity among scientists that the burning of fossil fuels is causing the warming of the planet, and if critical steps are not taken, a habitable world will cease to exist.
But there are entities that stand to lose if alternative sources of energy overtake coal, oil and natural gas. They are huge corporations, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and Texaco.
Indeed, from 1990 to 2005, Exxon – now called ExxonMobil – spent millions of dollars in a sophisticated campaign to cast doubt on the science of climate change. The oil giant knew better.
Taking action on climate change has become a dominating issue—globally, nationally, locally and even here at MIT. Yet so many questions remain. How much and how quickly will climate change? How will these changes manifest and where? What are the greatest risks posed by a changing climate and how likely are these worst-case outcomes? What is the science behind climate change, and how can basic research inform our efforts to avert, mitigate and adapt to its impacts?
Essential knowledge built through basic climate research lies at the core of all these questions. We would not even recognize that earth’s climate is changing were it not for the cumulative efforts of climate scientists over the past five decades, many of them here at MIT. And we cannot hope to improve the climate outcome for ourselves and future generations without the vital, ongoing contributions of fundamental climate science research.
Touching on everything from the essentials of planetary climate through the complexities of Earth’s climate system to the challenges of finding the will to act on our knowledge to address current climate change, the symposium features talks and discussion by faculty experts from across the spectrum of climate research at MIT, and keynote speakers Marcia McNutt (Editor-in-Chief of Science) and Justin Gillis (Environmental Science Writer for The New York Times).
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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