Daily Archives: March 27, 2017

Climate Week: “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead” with Bud Ris | Harvard University Center for the Environment

Monday, April 24, 2017 – 2:00pm

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities presents: “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead” with Bud Ris, Co-Chair, Climate Preparedness Working Group, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and Senior Climate Advisor, Barr Foundation.

Bud Ris is Senior Advisor on Climate Change to the Barr Foundation in Boston. He also advises and serves on Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, a consortium of business and non-profit leaders working with the city to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change. From 2005 to 2014, Bud was President and CEO of the New England Aquarium. Under his leadership, NEAq completed a $43 million campaign to renovate its major exhibits, expand its educational programming, and strengthen its conservation work.

During his tenure, the Aquarium launched a nationwide educational consortium of aquaria and zoos on climate change, helped create one of the world’s largest marine protected areas in the Pacific, and partnered with several major food companies to promote sustainable seafood. Bud oversaw a staff of 250 and annual budget in excess of $40 million. From 2004 to 2005, Bud was a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where he led the Forum’s G-8 program on climate change for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

From 1996 to 2003, Bud chaired a coalition of sixteen national environmental organizations founded to support domestic and international action on climate change. In 1997, he led the delegation of US NGO’s to the international negotiations that culminated in the Kyoto Protocol. From 1984 through 2003, Bud served as the chief executive officer of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). During his tenure, UCS successfully led a number of national and state initiatives to improve the efficiency of automobiles, accelerate the introduction of renewable energy, improve the safety of nuclear power, and restrain the nuclear arms race. In 2014, Bud received a Life Time Achievement Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. He is also a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Keystone XL And The Environment | On Point

March 27, 2017

President Trump is making a lot of big moves on the energy and environment front. Last week, he green-lighted the Keystone XL Pipeline out of Canada after it was stopped by the Obama administration. Tomorrow, he is slated to sign a big executive order pushing domestic oil, coal and gas and reversing the Obama Clean Power Plan. We want to look at where Trump energy policy is going.

“The President has really only given the pipeline approval at the federal level,” Bloomberg’s Jen Dlouhy said. But more levels of approval are still needed. The final route for the Keystone XL pipeline has yet to be approved.

By environmental activist Bill McKibben’s standards, however — any pipeline plan is an unnecessary and backwards-looking strategy.

“At noon time yesterday, 56 percent of the energy in the state of California came from renewables,” McKibben told us. “That’s the future of energy there.”


Jen Dlouhy, energy and environment reporter for Bloomberg News. (@jendlouhyhc)

Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org. Distinguished scholar at Middlebury College. Author of “The End of Nature” and “Oil and Honey.” (@billmckibben)

Bill McKibben: Trump May Have Approved Keystone XL, But People Will Stop This Pipeline Again

Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – The Trump administration has approved a permit allowing TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport 830,000 barrels of crude every day from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast for export. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would cross the Yellowstone River, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the United States. Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a reversal of the Obama administration’s decision to halt the project in late 2015 following massive, sustained resistance from Native Americans, farmers, ranchers and environmental groups. For more, we speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author of several books, including “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.”

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Jennifer Turner discusses global climate change and the political response

CGTN America

Published on Mar 27, 2017

As it becomes more clear that external factors are partially to blame for China’s pollution, some world leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump are moving away from climate science. CGTN’s Mike Walter talked about that with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Extreme Weather Events & Climate Change: Dr Michael Mann (March 2017)

Climate Change 2017: Dr Michael Mann (Part I) (March 2017)

Part 2

Climate Change 2017: Dr Michael Mann (Part II) (March 2017)

Understanding Climate Change

Published on Mar 27, 2017

Fair Use: Educational (March 2017 from The Real News)

Sustainability at The New School

The New School

Published on Mar 27, 2017

Sustainability remains a critical focus for The New School (http://www.newschool.edu).

Projects like Sustainapalooza, which happen annually, allow students to showcase and workshop their ideas with fellow students, professors, and invited guests.

To learn more about Sustainability at The New School please visit http://blogs.newschool.edu/tedc. To learn about sustainable initiatives at The New School, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/buildings/su…

Sustainapalooza is an annual event for young people engaged in efforts to facilitate enhanced urban resiliency and sustainability.

Noam Chomsky – The End of History

Climate Change & The Great Barrier Reef (March 2017)

Legendary News Journalist Tells Sean Hannity That He’s Bad For America


Time to Wake Up: Don’t Say We Weren’t Warned: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (March 2017)