Dr. Atyia Martin speaks about how Climate Resilient Boston will build on the work of Boston Living with Water, 100 Resilient Cities, and Climate Ready Boston by providing input to the City of Boston on potential solutions for the climate change and resiliency challenges faced by coastal communities. This initiative will continue to build a network of designers, engineers, and other practitioners to help advance Boston’s ability to address climate change risks.
In a collaboration between Climate Ready Boston, the City of Boston, Boston Harbor Now, and the BRA, a group of architects, city planners and interested professionals came to the Boston Society of Architects to get a preview of the strategies being developed by the city, as well as to workshop ideas of sea level rise, extreme weather and resilience.
A winter storm has hit the northeastern United States with heavy snow and strong winds. This has been causing travel chaos, with thousands of flights cancelled. CGTN’s Nick Harper reports from New York.
For years, many scientists and researchers have preferred to remain out of politics, wary of any potential taint to the pure empiricism of science. However, with potential cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, among others, many are beginning to sound the alarm. The Agenda looks at the role of science in society, and whether scientists should become more involved in politics and policymaking.
Chris Hedges & Abby Martin – Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right
For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government, from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.
This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad. The libertarianism, privatizing, free market, trickle down, corporate control economics is being heavily used.
Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.
How can market-rate housing be built that meets the needs of real Bostonians? Without abandoning the small, historic scale of Boston neighborhoods, how can new housing projects both optimize construction costs and meet unit goals for a growing population?
The Boston Society of Architects brings three Boston City Councilors to their “Designing Boston” series to talk about good housing stock creation. With the help of former city councilor Mike Ross, they unpack enduring issues: tensions between policymakers and community members and challenges posed by codes. They also highlight some successful examples.
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Edward Osborne Wilson is generally recognized as one of the leading scientists in the world. He is also recognized as one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature, as well as synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology across to the social sciences and humanities. Wilson is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines (island biogeography and sociobiology), three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly (biophilia, biodiversity studies, and consilience), and one major technological advance in the study of global biodiversity (the Encyclopedia of Life). Among more than one hundred awards he has received worldwide are the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize (equivalent of the Nobel, for ecology) of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the International Prize of Biology of Japan; and in letters, two Pulitzer Prizes in non-fiction, the Nonino and Serono Prizes of Italy and COSMOS Prize of Japan. For his work in conservation he has received the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Audubon Medal of the Audubon Society. He is currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, Chairman of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Board of Advisors, and Chairman of the Half-Earth Council.
Biodiversity Days 2017: Panel Discussion, “Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World”
The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity: ‘Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World’ with panel discussants E.O. Wilson (Harvard University, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation), Thomas Lovejoy (George Mason University), John Seager (Population Connection), and Louie Psihoyos (Oceanic Preservation Society)
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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