Daily Archives: March 22, 2016

Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret (2014)



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Published on Mar 8, 2016

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret FR

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!

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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


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


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.

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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The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?

In The Medea Hypothesis, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life’s relationship with the Earth’s biosphere–one that has frightening implications for our future, yet also offers hope. Using the latest discoveries from the geological record, he argues that life might be its own worst enemy. This stands in stark contrast to James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis–the idea that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth. In answer to Gaia, which draws on the idea of the “good mother” who nurtures life, Ward invokes Medea, the mythical mother who killed her own children. Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence?

According to the Medea hypothesis, it does. Ward demonstrates that all but one of the mass extinctions that have struck Earth were caused by life itself. He looks at our planet’s history in a new way, revealing an Earth that is witnessing an alarming decline of diversity and biomass–a decline brought on by life’s own “biocidal” tendencies. And the Medea hypothesis applies not just to our planet–its dire prognosis extends to all potential life in the universe. Yet life on Earth doesn’t have to be lethal. Ward shows why, but warns that our time is running out.

Breathtaking in scope, The Medea Hypothesis is certain to arouse fierce debate and radically transform our worldview. It serves as an urgent challenge to all of us to think in new ways if we hope to save ourselves from ourselves.

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Feeding Future Cities Essay Webinar


Published on Oct 21, 2014

Feeding Future Cities Research Essay Webinar, hosted October 8, 2014

– Marty Matlock, Executive Director, Office for Sustainability and Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas
– Hala Chaoui, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs and Land O’Lakes
– Gene Giacomelli, Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering Dept, and Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at The University of Arizona.

Hosted by Tom Chmielenski, Advisory Software Engineer with Bentley Systems, Inc.

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Modi’s new growth recipe: Just add water

Source: Reuters – Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:58 GMT Author: Reuters

* Half of India’s farmland relies on unpredictable monsoons

* New budget aims to jump start irrigation projects

* Some projects have languished for four decades

* Most irrigation still comes from pumping groundwater

* India’s water tables rapidly depleting

By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj

KONDHANE/NEW DELHI, March 16 (Reuters) – Like his father before him, Dattatatraya Kshirsagar, 80, has been looking forward for years to the day when a $65 million dam will be completed in his village, an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Mumbai.

The dam would supply enough water to irrigate 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of parched land around it, including Kshirsagar’s 2.5-hectare family farm in Kondhane village.

A steady water supply, instead of reliance on seasonal monsoon rains, would allow him to switch to cash crops and reap three harvests a year, instead of one now, Kshirsagar said.

Kshirsagar’s family has been holding on to that dream since 1984, when the project was first proposed by the state government. “My family’s income will more than double if they complete the dam,” he said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising to do just that in the 2016-17 budget presented on Feb. 29. His government has pledged nearly $13 billion on rural development, aiming to double farmer’s incomes by 2022.

Irrigation is a centerpiece of that promise in a country where nearly half of the arable land depends on monsoon rains. Modi’s budget has allocated a record $18 billion in the federal budget to expand irrigation and recharge aquifers – two thirds of that could come from overseas loans

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