Dennis Stanford, Head of the Archaeology Division, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution There are many other sites in the Americas showing pre-Indian peoples in the Americas. Indian tribes have legends of tall peoples living in the Americas in ancient times, before the Indians themselves. For example, the Paiute of Nevada have a legend of “exterminating” a light skinned red haired tribe who spoke a different language than themselves. In this area, red haired Caucasoid mummies have been found in caves, dated by archaeologists to over 9000 years old.
In the fifth year of China’s War on Pollution, the government is moving the frontlines beyond urban air pollution, targeting protection of water and soil. From a new national pollution survey to increasing crackdowns on polluting industries and illegal mining that contaminate water and soil, China’s new Ministry of Ecology and Environment is flexing its muscles. Domestic civil society environmental groups and international NGOs are also taking advantage of increasing space to monitor, sue, and partner with Chinese companies to reign in water pollution.
At this May 23rd CEF meeting, we welcome four speakers who will explore new government and civil society engagements to keep pollution and degradation of China’s vulnerable rivers, lakes and groundwater in check.
Drawing on insights from a study of twenty-seven environmental NGOs from fifteen different provinces in China, Dr. Kathinka Fürst of Duke Kunshan University will outline the roles NGOs in China play in the regulation of industrial pollution and what they mean for civil society development overall in China. Next, Ilch Yiliqi will highlight how the NRDC’s Clean by Design green supply efficiency program has succeeded in partnering with Chinese and international companies to reduce industrial pollution and energy use in China’s apparel and footwear industry. Hu Min will detail how the Chengdu Urban River Association is working with citizens to map out and monitor Chengdu’s black and filthy rivers in order to improve the quality of drinking water. Lastly, Lanzhou-based environmental lawyer AllenShi from Lanzhou New Green Environment research Institutewill talk about the longer-term local and national impacts of the central government’s protection of the Qilian Mountain reserve.
The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan.
SSL’s mission is to work as an engine of research and action to ensure that all residents of Greater Boston, and cities across the world, are prepared equitably for the impacts of climate change, by:
Identifying, developing, and testing new strategies and best practices locally and globally
Convening and activating a network of diverse, committed, action-oriented leaders
SSL leverages Greater Boston and the East Coast region as a “test bed” for the development, testing, and implementation of climate solutions that are environmentally sound, economically sustainable, and socially just.
June 01, 2018 Jamie Bologna, Zoë Mitchell, Meghna Chakrabarti
We take a look at the big news stories of the week, including revelations that out-of-state students may be accepted more than in-state students at UMass Amherst. Plus, a new report is advising against building a flood protection barrier in the Boston Harbor. Also, the results of the latest WBUR Poll.
Renee Loth, editor of Architecture Boston magazine, columnist for the Boston Globe, and a contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti. She tweets @reneeloth.
http://democracynow.org – On Monday night, Democracy Now! celebrated its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Among those who addressed more than 2,000 attendants was world-renowned linguistic Noam Chomsky, who spoke about the two most dangerous threats the human species faces today: the possibility of nuclear war and the accelerating destruction of human-fueled climate change.
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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