Daily Archives: March 22, 2016

Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret (2014)

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Published on Mar 8, 2016

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Fabien Holstein – Le Vegan informé

Published on Jan 6, 2016

Ce film-documentaire produit et réalisé par Kip Andersen et Keegan Kuhn explore l’impact dévastateur de l’agriculture animale sur l’environnement, tout en étudiant la politique des organisations environnementales sur la question, qui sont assez discutables dans certains cas 😉

Une mise en lumière enrichissante, prouvant que nos actes personnels du quotidien peuvent avoir un énorme impact à grande échelle!

Love, Namasté,
Fabien

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Report: Sea Levels Could Rise Several Meters This Century, Drowning Cities


March 22, 2016 Headlines

Scientists have published a major new paper warning climate change could cause catastrophic storms beyond any seen in modern times and the loss of swaths of the polar ice sheets. While countries around the world have agreed on 2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels as a limit for global warming, the paper warns such a rise would be “dangerous.” The world is already halfway to the 2-degree mark. Former NASA scientist and leading climatologist James Hansen was one of 19 co-authors. He spoke in a video accompanying the report.

James Hansen: “These feedbacks raise questions about how soon we will pass points of no return in which we lock in consequences that cannot be reversed on any time scale that people care about. Consequences include sea level rise of several meters, which we estimate could occur this century or at latest next century if fossil fuel emissions continue at a high level. That would mean loss of all coastal cities, most of the world’s large cities and all their history.”

The report comes after last month shattered climate records, becoming the warmest month in recorded history, surpassing the previous record—set in December.

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How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050 | Marco Springmann – China Dialogue

Fruit on sale at a street market in Lu Zhou, China. Climate change is expected to change diets for the worse as fruit and vegetables become less plentiful and more expensive because of droughts and extreme temperatures. Photo by C Foulger

11.03.2016

China and India will likely witness the most deaths related to changing diets because of climate change, writes Marco Springmann

One of the most important consequences of climate change will be its effect on agriculture. A lot of research has focused on food scarcity as the world heats up, but the connection between agriculture and health goes beyond mere calories.

The World Health Organisation’s Global Burden of Disease reported that, in 2010, the greatest number of deaths worldwide was attributable to imbalanced diets, such as diets low in fruit and vegetables and high in red and processed meat. Climate change is likely to make the problem of imbalanced diets worse.

In a new study, we estimated that climate change could lead to more than half a million additional deaths worldwide in 2050 as a result of changes in the composition of diet and body weight. To put this into context, the estimated number of deaths as a result of climate change-induced heat stress is about 100,000 deaths. And the additional deaths as a result of the greater spread of dengue and malaria is below 50,000.

Building a model

To analyse the effects of climate change on diets and body weight, we used a series of computer models. We initially used models that estimated changes in temperature and rainfall around the world under different climate scenarios. The results of these models were then used in global crop models which estimated changes in crop growth around the world.

We then used these changes in a global economic model that projected the market reactions to those “shocks”, for example, changes in the area used to plant crops, price changes, changes in global food trade, and finally, changes in food consumption worldwide. Based on the economic results, we were then able to calculate changes in the number of deaths associated with changes in diet composition and body weight.

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Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries | Jim Hansen

A massive boulder on a coastal ridge in North Eleuthera, the Bahamas. A new research paper claims it was likely moved there by powerful storms during the last warm period of Earth history, 120,000 years ago, and warns that such stormy conditions could recur because of human emissions of greenhouse gases. Credit Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post, via Getty Images

The nations of the world agreed years ago to try to limit global warming to a level they hoped would prove somewhat tolerable. But leading climate scientists warned on Tuesday that permitting a warming of that magnitude would actually be quite dangerous.

The likely consequences would include killer storms stronger than any in modern times, the disintegration of large parts of the polar ice sheets, and a rise of the sea sufficient to begin drowning the world’s coastal cities before the end of this century, the scientists declared.

“We’re in danger of handing young people a situation that’s out of their control,” said James E. Hansen, the retired NASA climate scientist who led the new research. The findings were released Tuesday morning by a European science journal, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

A draft version of the paper had been released last year, and it provoked a roiling debate among climate scientists. The main conclusions have not changed, and a replay of that debate seems likely in the coming weeks.

The basic claim of the paper is that by burning fossil fuels at a prodigious pace and pouring heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, humanity is about to provoke an abrupt climate shift. Specifically, the authors believe that fresh water pouring into the oceans from melting land ice will set off a feedback loop that will cause parts of the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica to disintegrate rapidly.

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Making Food Systems Change: Getting a Job in the Good Food Movement

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Making Food Systems Change: Getting a Job in the Good
Food Movement
Thursday, March 31, 2016

from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
New York, NY

The good food movement has grown considerably over the past 10-15 years. New disciplines and courses of study have emerged to prepare students for the necessary work of taking on a broken food system and the policies that disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. But what are the pathways to securing jobs in this field? What lessons can be learned from those currently doing this work? Join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals working in food policy and food systems change. Learn about the paths they’ve taken to where they are now and how you can leverage your coursework, internship experiences and current work placements to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to get jobs in this growing field.

Panelists:
Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC
Adriane Ackroyd, NYC Department for the Aging

David DeVaughn, City Harvest

Carey King, New Harlem East Merchants Association + GrowNYC
Diana Robinson, Food Chain Workers Alliance

Craig Willingham, Center for Health Equity, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Moderated by Jan Poppendieck, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Hunter College and Senior Faculty Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Molly Hartman, Mayor’s Office of Food Policy will deliver closing remarks.

Cosponsored by NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy and the University Food Policy Collaborative of New York City, a network of food policy focused-faculty, students and staff from learning institutions city-wide, including CUNY, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NYU and The New School.

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Announcing the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, September 21-23

You are welcome to attend the new Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum. Debuting September 21-23, 2016, the Forum is a three-day program exploring sustainability as an overarching framework for life in the 21st century, focusing specifically on the megatrends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors.

Team-taught, the Forum will be organized around modules that each provide in-depth topical study, and will bring together a diverse set of thought leaders, industry practitioners, policy experts, and scholars working on the leading edge of sustainability.

Forum speakers are carefully selected for their expertise and teaching skills and will include:

  • Marian Chertow, Yale Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program
  • Gary Brudvig, Benjamin Silliman Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, and Director of the Yale Energy Sciences Institute
  • Brad Gentry, Associate Dean for Professional Practice, Professor in the Practice, Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale, and Director of the Research Program on Private Investment and the Environment
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York

This program is indispensable for those wanting or needing to stay abreast of the major changes in environmental thinking in recent years. It is designed for policy makers at all levels of government and from any country, public and private sector executives, and anyone who wants a better understanding of the full range of developing concepts, tools, and strategies essential to leadership in sustainable practices and policies.

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