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Category: Environment

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Lorenzo Fioramonti on the need for a horizontal economy in Africa

This lecture focused on “Opportunities for creating a Good Anthropocene in southern Africa”. It stimulated thinking and action around shaping a positive future for the region that simultaneously meets ecological sustainability imperatives as well as pressing needs for human development and social justice. Dr. Lorenzo Fioramonti represents the Centre for Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria. …

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American Museum of Natural History: Science Bulletins: Super Corals—For the Future (1 of 3)

Marine biologists in Hawaii investigate so-called “super corals,” which thrive even as ocean temperatures rise. In For the Future, learn how corals create underwater cities bustling with life, and explore a reef where healthy and dying corals live side by side.  

NASA: Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality

Using new, high-resolution global satellite maps of air quality indicators, NASA scientists tracked air pollution trends over the last decade in various regions and 195 cities around the globe. The United States, Europe and Japan have improved air quality thanks to emission control regulations, while China, India and the Middle East, with their fast-growing economies …

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TED: How We’re Growing Baby Corals to Rebuild Reefs | Kristen Marhaver

Kristen Marhaver studies coral, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it’s easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they’re in the news lately because of how quickly they’re bleaching, dying and turning to …

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Pete Ceglinski: Seabin Prototype

Seabin project is an “in water” automated rubbish collection device that is located in marinas and collects all floating rubbish, oil , fuel and detergents. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year  

CNN: Final draft of climate deal formally accepted in Paris

The final draft of the climate change agreement reached in Paris was formally accepted at the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21, on Saturday.  

NASA: Phytoplankton Levels Dropping

Via the process of photosynthesis, phytoplankton release oxygen into the water and half of the world’s oxygen is produced via phytoplankton photosynthesis. With the other half produced via photosynthesis on land by trees, grasses and other plants. New research led by NASA researchers has found populations of the microscopic marine plants, phytoplankton, have decreased in …

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PlanetaryCollective: Call to Earth – A Message from the World’s Astronauts to COP21

The Association of Space Explorers reached out to their fellow astronauts to pass on a simple message of solidarity, hope and collaboration to combat climate change and reach our political leaders during such a crucial time. Featuring: Germany: Astronaut Ernst Messerschmid, Ph.D – Space Shuttle Japan: Astronaut Soichi Noguchi – Space Shuttle, Soyuz, ISS Astronaut …

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National Geographic: Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye

Climate Change is a real and serious issue. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a solution.  

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Lorenzo Fioramonti on the need for a horizontal economy in Africa

Lorenzo Fioramonti (http://globalreboot.org/) is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and he is the founding director of GovInn. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. …

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London School of Economics: Paris and Beyond: the orderly transition to a zero carbon and resilient economy?

Paris and Beyond: how will we gain traction and build momentum for the orderly transition to a zero carbon and resilient economy? Speaker: Rachel Kyte Chair: Professor Samuel Fankhauser The Paris Accord, the hoped for ambitious agreement, to be decided at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC, this December, will set us …

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National Geographic: Photo Evidence: Glacier National Park Is Melting Away

Glacier National Park is losing its iconic glaciers to a changing climate. In the mid-1800s, this Montana landscape was covered by 150 glaciers—today only 25 remain. To show the decrease in glacier size, scientists from the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center photograph the same areas where glaciers were photographed in the early 1900s. Dan …

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TED: Why Climate Change Is a Threat to Human Rights | Mary Robinson

Climate change is unfair. While rich countries can fight against rising oceans and dying farm fields, poor people around the world are already having their lives upended — and their human rights threatened — by killer storms, starvation and the loss of their own lands. Mary Robinson asks us to join the movement for worldwide …

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National Geographic: Chile Creates Enormous Ocean Preserve

The water surrounding Chile’s Desventuradas Islands is home to a diverse population of marine species such as the giant Juan Fernandez lobster and the Juan Fernandez fur seal. Today, the government of Chile announced the creation of a 300,000 square kilometer (115,830 square mile) marine protected area this unique ocean habitat. The purpose of the …

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Stockholm Resilience Centre: Managing global resources on a global level by 2050

Seminar with Professor Katherine Richardson at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Katherine Richardson is Professor in Biological Oceanography at the University of Copenhagen.  

Stockholm Resilience Centre TV: How will the world evolve towards the middle of the century?

A seminar with Professor Jörgen Randers at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Jorgen Randers is professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, where he works on climate and energy issues, scenario analysis and system dynamics. Prof Randers has spent one third of his life in academia, one third in business and one third in …

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Yale University: Earthland: Envisioning a Sustainable Civilization

In the inaugural lecture of the Visions of a Sustainable World Speaker Series, Dr. Raskin presents a history from the future which describes a sustainable planetary civilization and how we got there. Dr. Raskin is the President and Founder of the Tellus Institute, the Founder of the Global Scenario Group, and a leader of the …

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The New York Times Conferences: Panel Discussion: What to Do About Food Loss and Food Waste

Approximately one third of the food produced each year for human consumption — roughly 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. The situation is particularly acute in the developing world. How do we fight the situation? From the 2014 New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference. Jonathan Bloom, author, “American Wasteland,” and food waste …

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Stockholm Resilience Centre: Overcoming barriers to adopt sustainable agriculture?

Seminar by Ram Fishman, assistant professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a new international centre that advances transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience – the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. It is a joint initiative …

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Cambridge University: Bad Air Day? Low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality

A new generation of pollution monitors developed by the University of Cambridge, together with academic and industrial partners, could help gather the evidence essential to tackle poor air quality.  

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