Daily Archives: April 5, 2016

Earth From Space Full HD Nova

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Published on Jul 15, 2014

Earth From Space Full HD Nova
The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.

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After Paris: Now the Harder Part, with Christiana Figueres, sponsored by CIERP | Tufts Fletcher School

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World Gas Conference Newsletter – April 2016

The World Gas Conference is being held in the USA for the first time in 30 years!

  • World’s most prestigious gas industry event
  • World’s most important industry gathering
  • World’s most comprehensive program

Meet the World’s most important Global Gas decision makers at WGC 2018.

2018 will bring together the global gas industry, along with policy makers, thought leaders and customers to address the most timely and topical, commercial, technical and strategic issues and opportunities facing the industry.

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Diversifying sustainability education – Yale Climate Connections


An interdisciplinary program at the University of Minnesota brings a diverse group of students together to solve sustainability challenges.

Students in art, engineering, and 50 other majors have completed the sustainability minor at the University of Minnesota. The interdisciplinary program brings together students with very different backgrounds and training.

Beth Mercer-Taylor, the sustainability education coordinator for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, says these differences become obvious when the students work together to solve a real sustainability problem.

TAYLOR: “They start to think about problems like using those different tools, different world views that they have.”

Despite the diversity of perspectives, Taylor says a few groups are underrepresented.

TAYLOR: “Some of the voices we’re missing are students of color, students from different religious backgrounds. Often first generation college students may not be choosing to study sustainability.”

Taylor is passionate about finding ways to bring these missing voices into the conversation, because she believes that climate change is more than just a problem for the millennial generation.

Beth Merced-Taylor: More diversity = better strategies.

TAYLOR: “It’s also an incredible economic and cultural and social opportunity that’s so cool. And how wrong is it to do that with missing huge components of our population?”

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Look Back in Laughter: : Oxford’s Postwar Golden Age: R. W. Johnson

In 2009, while swimming down the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast Bill Johnson lost his left leg and very nearly his life. While recovering from this accident he began to write this insider’s memoir of the Oxford he knew. The result is a wildly entertaining mixture of acute (and often hilarious) personal observation mixed with history, some major revelations (the real story of the Thatcher degree debacle and of tear gas bombs thrown into the House of Commons), and the whole laced with innumerable anecdotes, both humorous and telling. The result is an unparalleled picture of postwar Oxford. This book is bound to be a classic of its kind.

R. W. Johnson arrived at Magdalen College, Oxford as a South African Rhodes scholar in 1964 and left Magdalen in 1995 after 26 years as a Fellow, teaching Politics in the PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) School. Johnson has written widely on British, French and African politics and his books included six with South African themes, most notably South Africa’s Brave New World – The Beloved Country Since the End of Apartheid; a major study of the French Left; an investigation of the shooting down of the Korean airliner KAL 007, and several books of essays.

In addition he has been a prolific contributor to the London Review of Books and a great variety of other journals and papers including the London Times and Sunday Times, for both of which he has been a foreign correspondent. From 1995 to 2001 he was director of the Helen Suzman Foundation in Johannesburg.

John Lanchester recalling Karl Miller’s editorship of The London Review of Books wrote:
❛ …R. W. Johnson was in those days writing a series of super-forthright, abrasive pieces that often featured glancing dismissals of all sorts of senior Labour Party figures. One of these pieces had come in and been edited … and Karl was reading it in proof.
‘Johnson is like some beast from the pampas,’ Karl said, admiringly and amusedly, ‘who’s brought in, and immediately rushes around butting everybody.’

No such animal is known to zoology, and Bill Johnson has no known connection with Argentina, but more than a quarter of a century later, whenever I read a piece in that combative vein, I still think of the beast from the pampas.❜

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