What do climate change and global security have in common? According to U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, everything. When speaking at Stanford University last month, Rice warned that America faces no greater long-term challenge than climate change, calling it an “advancing menace that imperils so many of the other things we hope to achieve.” For Rice, the danger of climate change lies not in its ability to spark the change necessary to create conflict, but in its ability to amplify social, political and environmental tensions.
Pope Francis made his first U.S. appearance last week. Media coverage was wide and crowds gathered by the flocks in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia.
The past week, NOAA Climate Stewards in Silver Spring held a climate modeling simulation workshop to introduce all educators to both the technology and potential of climate modeling. We were a full house ranging from public school teachers to nature center directors—but all of us were connected by our common interest in how technology can help us demonstrate and explain climate change to those we teach.
This month I had the pleasure of hearing Lester Brown (environmental analyst and founder of both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute) speak at a Population Connection board meeting. Many of his remarks centered around energy resources but interestingly enough, rather than climate change, Brown sees aquifer depletion as the largest threat to the earth and its population.
In a panel discussion on future global trends hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Alice Thomas from Refugees International talked about the link between climate change, natural disasters and human displacement. She argued that climate change is undermining the security and livelihoods of those affected, and recommended strategies to tackle the humanitarian and displacement challenges.
In our last post, we discussed the challenge of determining when the proposed new epoch, the Anthropocene, began. One social ecologist, Dr. Mariana Fischer-Kowalski, is tackling this challenge and has made it her goal to numerically identify just when human pressures on Earth reached a point of undeniable geological impact.
It is not often I read news that makes me hopeful about our ability to combat climate change. However, in last Sunday’s Washington Post, the article “From fighter jets to fish farms” profiled the partnership between Lockheed Martin and a small fish farm in Hawaii doing just that.
For many of us, it comes as no surprise that our American diet isn’t the most sustainable - for neither our planet nor for our health. But, to have this backed up by scientific evidence and an official report from the folks over at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) comes as quite the surprise.
Many people regard the monarch butterfly as one of the most beautiful insects in the world. Unfortunately, this butterfly is vanishing at an alarming rate. Darryl Fears writes about the diminishing species in his Washington Post article, “The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished,” published February 9, 2015. The U.S.
An article came out recently that suggested human activity has pushed earth beyond four of nine planetary boundaries. Planetary boundaries are identified environmental conditions that make earth a “safe operating space for humans” and a result of our human actions on the environment are shifting these boundaries.