Daily Archives: March 29, 2016

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Winter Low Amid Unprecedented Heat

March 29, 2016 Headlines

A record swath of Arctic sea ice failed to freeze over the winter amid record-shattering heat. The National Snow and Ice Data Center said the sea ice’s maximum expanse this winter was the lowest since record keeping began nearly 40 years ago. This comes after NASA announced two new missions to explore the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. NASA scientist Walt Meier described the problem.

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Report: 7 Million in U.S. at Risk of Human-Induced Earthquakes


March 29, 2016Headlines

About 7 million people in the United States live in areas at risk of an earthquake induced by human activity. That’s according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey, which said states including Oklahoma and Kansas are now at as high of a risk as earthquake-prone California of a devastating earthquake. The Central United States has seen a spike in seismic activity due to the injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling deep underground.

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Will humankind survive the century? / Paul Ehrlich, Green


MSNBC News

Published on Jan 10, 2015
Will humankind survive the century?
Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich on why he thinks there’s a 90% chance we all die off before 2065.

1:37 PM 1/10/2015

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Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb


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Published on Aug 2, 2015

The master predicament that remains unaddressed

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In 1968, Paul Ehrlich released his ground-breaking book The Population Bomb, which awoke the national consciousness to the collision-course world population growth is on with our planet’s finite resources. His work was reinforced several years later by the Limits To Growth report issued by the Club of Rome.

Fast-forward almost 50 years later, and Ehrlich’s book reads more like a ‘how to’ manual. Nearly all the predictions it made are coming to pass, if they haven’t already. Ehrlich admits that things are even more dire than he originally forecasted; not just from the size of the predicament, but because of the lack of social willingness and political courage to address or even acknowledge the situation.

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A Montreal Protocol for fossil ammonia

Amonia
John Morgan

A Montreal Protocol for fossil ammonia

In September 1987 twenty four countries signed the Montreal Protocol, beginning the phaseout of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other materials that destroy the ozone layer. The international community decided the impact of a small group of industrial chemicals was simply too dangerous, and outlawed them.

Perhaps it is time to drop a similar injunction on another industrial chemical with dangerous global warming impacts — ammonia. Specifically, ammonia that is produced from fossil carbon, with high CO2 emissions. Fossil ammonia.

A ban on fossil ammonia would cut CO2 emissions from that sector. But this is just a warm-up. The real intent is to drive the technological innovation we need to take on the main game — the decarbonization of energy.

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2014 – Boston, MA – University Council on Water Resources

and 2014 Conference at University of Massachusetts:

Blue-green

Blue, Green, Grey Water in Agriculture

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and PDF slides for talk:

Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center

Published on Aug 19, 2014

2014 UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Annual Conference “Water Systems, Science, and Society under Global Change” at Tufts University on June 18, 2014. This talk was part of the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center’s organized track on “Advancing agricultural security and resilience under nonstationarity and uncertainty: evolving roles of blue, green and grey water.”

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The Road to a Climate Deal Panel: 2015 UNA-USA Members Day at the UN

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Q & A:

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Published on Mar 6, 2015

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Jackson Dougan, U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Timothy C. Weiskel, Research Director, Cambridge Climate Research Associates and faculty member, Harvard University, and H.E. Mr. Tomas Christensen, Senior Advisor for Partnerships,
Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations, speak on a panel at the 2015 UNA-USA Members Day Event at the UN. More than 750 UNA-USA members and UN supporters visited UN Headquarters for Members’ Day and the 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, a day of dynamic and informative discussion on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. Using the theme, The UN at 70: A Year for Bold Action, UNA-USA members got exclusive access to the UN, where they heard from experts, and network with community leaders, academics and students, and representatives from think tanks and like-minded organizations.

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