Daily Archives: November 6, 2022

Climate Change: Your carbon footprint explained – BBC News

BBC – Apr 22, 2021

Tackling climate change is a big task, but there are clear ways of cutting your contribution to carbon emissions, also known as your carbon footprint. This is how changing three aspects of your life can make a difference.

UN Climate Conference Opens Amid Dire Predictions of Inaction

Voice of America – Nov 6, 2022

The U.N. climate summit opened Sunday in Egypt as officials predicted catastrophic consequences of inaction, and pledged to begin helping the people most devastated by climate change. Farmers not far from the conference say help cannot come fast enough. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Istanbul.

Climate summit opens with dire warnings about planet’s future – BBC News

BBC News – Nov 6, 2022 The United Nations climate change summit has opened in Egypt with dire warnings about the future of the planet.

A new UN report has revealed that the last 8 years were the hottest on record.

It warns that recent extreme temperatures, wildfires and flooding are signals that climate change is threatening devastation unless immediate action is taken to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

More than 120 world leaders are taking part in the summit, known as COP27, at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

There will be two weeks of negotiation on agreeing new climate targets.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Justin Rowlatt.

COP27: It’s time to change the narrative on adaptation

Stockholm Environment Institute – Nov 6, 2022

This video lays out how impacts from climate change are a shared risk – and adaptation to climate change must become a shared reality.

Harvard Library’s Vision on Collections

It’s easy to look at books on the shelf in the library and think that they’re about the past. In fact, they’re about the future — what will happen when a curious mind opens that book, or that journal, or clicks on that streaming film, or opens that data file? What possibilities will that scholar see?

Developing Harvard Library’s collections has never been about growing what we have — it is about what scholars can do with our materials and services. The collections are our greatest source of potential energy, fuel for new and future exploration and discovery. Combined with the expert knowledge and services of our staff, new worlds open up for researchers.

Building our collections is a collaborative effort, both across Harvard and with external libraries. Across the Harvard Library system, we build collections that complement rather than duplicate. All of Harvard’s libraries share material with each other, strengthening the cross-disciplinary approach to research and learning at the University.

Beyond Harvard, we partner with the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC) and Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP). Each library in the consortia has areas of scholarly expertise in which it collects extensively. Libraries intentionally build complementary collections and share collections with each other to provide the broadest range of materials possible to their researchers.

Our collaborative collecting with peer institutions enables us to focus on acquiring and licensing resources that have the greatest impact at Harvard. Combining digital mapping capabilities with pressings made by a renowned 19th century naturalist demonstrates the long-term effects of urbanization. Artists’ books give a scholar new insight into diaries and self-expression. Doing — examining and analyzing materials in the collection — provides a gateway to learning and research for discovery and new insights.

Harvard Library is the largest academic library in the world. Through 400 years of partnership with world-class students and faculty, Harvard Library has been instrumental in creating new academic fields and generating new knowledge. We have a unique responsibility to the academic enterprise that goes beyond collections — the library is at the center of the history and future of ideas.

Below are a handful of projects that highlight how our collections — both those here at Harvard and those shared by partner libraries — are being used by scholars and students in their research.


Elizabeth, Ardys, and Martha

Elizabeth Kirk, she/her
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services
Ardys Kozbial, she/her
Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies and Associate Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Martha Whitehead, she/her
Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences