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  • Sustainable development 'facing major challenges': By Lan Lan ( China Daily) China's sustainable development faces greater challenges ranging from a fragile natural ecological environment to resource constraints, senior Chinese officials said ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable ...
  • Innovations needed for sustainable farming, say experts
  • New Delhi: The Indian agriculture sector is currently facing a number of challenges and needs to adopt innovative technologies to achieve sustainability, said experts at a conference on sustainable agriculture practices here Saturday.
  • Thomas Keller expounds his stance on chefs and sustainability
  • In it, the two superchefs discussed chefs' role in sustainability. Among other comments, Keller shared thoughts that, in short, placed priority on good meals as opposed to saving the world, like the following: “I think about quality, not geography” and ...
  • Rio+20: A Momentum for Resource Economics: This month's summit in Rio de Janeiro marks the 20-year anniversary of the first Earth Summit on sustainable development. Back then, the summit attracted unprecedented media coverage and generated a range of landmark conventions on sustainability, ...
  • How climate change spells disaster for UK fish industry: When Graham Hall started out as a trawlerman, the port of Grimsby was crammed with so many boats that local legend had it you could walk from deck to deck across the entire harbour. But last week only three turquoise trawlers could be spotted – 60% of ...
  • Climate Change and the Shrinking Mississippi: Conversations about climate change routinely observe that extreme weather, including droughts, will be exacerbated as the Earth warms. Droughts lead to a lot of bad things, including food shortages, water shortages, and fires. In recent days, however ...
  • Climate Change and Population Growth Meet Along the Brahmaputra River: Scientists predict that climate change will worsen the flooding, and yet more and more people are surging into the Brahmaputra basin. Land is becoming scarce as waves of migrants pour in from nearby Bangladesh. Whole communities are pushed to live on ...
  • Severe Amazon Rainforest Droughts Due To Climate Change, Says NASA: NASA says an area in the Amazon rainforest, twice the size of California, is experiencing a “megadrought” caused by climate change. The Amazon has been hit hard with droughts. The first drought hit in 2005. The rainforest was still recovering when ...
  • Swedish researchers investigate climate change impact on Arctic mammals: Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that mammals living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic land areas in northern Europe could be positively affected by climate change between now and 2080 - if they succeed in adjusting their ...
  • Severe droughts in Amazon linked to climate change, says study: The prolonged drought, which began in 2005, has caused widespread damage to the area and may possibly be a sign that the rainforest is showing the first signs of large-scale degradation due to climate change. A research team, led by NASA's Jet ...
  • Agricultural Animals and Climate Change: to ensure that animal scientists develop and disseminate strategies for mitigation and adaptation to increasing climate variability
  • Animal Production in a Changing Climate: Impacts and Mitigation
  • Turfgrass & Climate Change: Sports Turf Manager for Better Safer Sports 
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  • Climate Change and Plant Disease Management: Research on impacts of climate change on plant diseases indicates that climate change could alter stages and rates of development of the pathogen, modify host resistance, and change the physiology of host-pathogen interactions. Recent developments in experimental and modeling techniques offer considerable promise for developing an improved capability for climate change impact assessment and mitigation.
  • Impact of Climate Change on Irrigated Agriculture: These findings suggest that believing a scientific theory (e.g. climate change) is not sufficient for critical science agency; rather, conceptual understandings and understandings of personal actions impact students' choices. We recommend that future climate change curriculum focus on supporting students' development of critical science agency by addressing common student misconceptions and by focusing on how students' actions can have significant impacts on the environment.
  • Baggage: the Case for Climate Mitigation: The article focuses on the implications of responding climate destabilization which would create climate-change-driven weather effects and rising of sea levels. The author cites some guidelines which would directly withstand drought-tolerant crops in agriculture, changing architectural standards and modifying infrastructure to adapt larger storm events and prolonged drought.
  • Adapting Agriculture to Drought and Extreme Events: The article offers suggestions for adapting agricultural systems to drought and extreme events. It informs that the draught of the year 2012 in the U.S. possesses clear indication to the climatic changes and it also affected the grain production for corn by reducing it to 13 percent.
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism and Cell Protection Mechanisms Differentiate Drought Tolerance and Sensitivity in Advanced Potato Clones: In potatoes and many other crops, drought is one of the most important environmental constraints leading to yield loss. Development of drought-tolerant cultivars is therefore required for maintaining yields under climate change conditions and for the extension of agriculture to sub-optimal cropping areas.
  • Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture:  There are a range of landscape architecture-based mitigation strategies that, if employed at mass scale, can help reduce GHG emissions by 50-85 percent by 2050 and limit temperature rise to 2 degrees celsius, targets that the U.N. recommends. Given the effects of climate change are already being felt in many communities, landscape architecture-based adaptation measures are also now being planned and implemented across cities and countries.

 

Business

  • Why The World's Most Sustainable Company Publishes CO2 Emissions Next To Its Earnings: A healthy society and environment are the foundation of any business. There’s a difference between a company having a sustainability program and actually being sustainable. This article talks about a Danish-based pharmaceutical giant that is committed itself to the “triple bottom line,” that they would conduct their business in a way that is “financially, environmentally, and socially responsible.” The company puts its social and environmental performance alongside their financial data to measure their targets.
  • Climate Change Is Here. How Companies Are Preparing For It: My interest here is not to make the case for climate change – many far more knowledgeable than I have already done so – but to show how some f0rward-thinking companies are taking tangible, constructive steps to anticipate it and mitigate its impact.
  • New PwC Report Highlights Sustainability Tools, Big4.com Reports: Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC, reports on “Sustainability valuation: An oxymoron?
  • Sustainability Leadership Through Branding: A Woman and a Community of 50000: Are you as intrigued as I am observing how people act on their understanding of climate change, sustainable business practices and what can really be done to reverse trends that must be reversed? Do you marvel at the variety of approaches human beings ...
  • Mars on target to meet sustainable cocoa goal: Confectionary company Mars Chocolate will purchase nearly 90000 tonnes of certified sustainable cocoa in 2012 as part of its sustainability pledge. In 2012 the business expects to exceed its target of buying 20 per cent certified cocoa supply.
  • By the Sustainable Numbers: A Look at the 2013 Ford Fusion: “Building vehicles with great fuel economy is our highest priority in reducing impact on the environment,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager. “With every new product design, we also are charged with increasing the use of ...
  • Averting Climate Change May Cost $700 Billion a Year: “The G20 governments must accelerate the phasing-out of fossil-fuel subsidies, enact long-term carbon price signals, enable greater free trade in green technologies, and expand investment in climate adaptation,” the report said. The WEF holds its ...

 

Engineering

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  • Feds Fund $100K for Climate-Change-Fighting Superhero Game: In the grant announcement made last year, the NEA said the story “focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls.” The game is set ..
  • Turning over new leaf in climate change: In a tidy white lab on the southern edge of Berkeley, scientists are trying to duplicate one of nature's greatest tricks, pulling energy out of thin air. They're designing artificial leaves that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into ...
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  • Adapting Cities for Climate Change: The Role of the Green Infrastructure: This paper explores the important role that the green infrastructure, i.e. the greenspace network, of a city can play in adapting for climate change
  • Advanced Technology Paths to Global Climate Stability: Energy for a Greenhouse Planet: Possible candidates for primary energy sources include terrestrial solar and wind energy, solar power satellites, biomass, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, fission-fusion hybrids, and fossil fuels from which carbon has been sequestered. Non–primary power technologies that could contribute to climate stabilization include efficiency improvements, hydrogen production, storage and transport, superconducting global electric grids, and geoengineering. All of these approaches currently have severe deficiencies that limit their ability to stabilize global climate.
  • Promoting Ecosystem and Human Health in Urban Areas using Green Infrastructure: A literature review: The aim of this paper is to formulate a conceptual framework of associations between urban green space and ecosystem and human health. Through an interdisciplinary literature review the concepts of Green Infrastructure, ecosystem health, and human health and well-being are discussed. The possible contributions of urban and peri-urban green space systems, or Green Infrastructure, on both ecosystem and human health are critically reviewed.
  • Green Carbon as a Bridge to Renewable Energy: Carbon-based resources (coal, natural gas and oil) give us most of the world's energy today, but the energy economy of the future must necessarily be far more diverse. Energy generation through solar, wind and geothermal means is developing now, but not fast enough to meet our expanding global energy needs.
  • 100% Renewable Energy Systems, Climate Mitigation and Economic Growth: Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies are generally considered costly with world leaders often engaging in debate concerning the costs of mitigation and the distribution of these costs between different countries. In this paper, the analyses and results of the design of a 100% renewable energy system by the year 2050 are presented for a complete energy system including transport.

 

Fine Arts

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  • The Canary Project: Art and Media that deepen Public understanding of Climate Change
  • The Cape Farwell Project: In 2001 the artist David Buckland created the Cape Farewell project to instigate a cultural response to climate change. Cape Farewell is now an international not-for-profit programme based in the Science Museum's Dana Centre in London and with a North American foundation based at the MaRS centre in Toronto.
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  • Representing nature: Art and Climate Change: Climate change is now an established scientific fact, and dealing with it may require significant shifts in consumption and economic organization. A key question is how these changes can be achieved, by regulation or shifts of consciousness on the parts of individuals. Among the means by which a shift of awareness might occur is cultural work — including the production and reception of art and literature. 
  • Representing Climate Change Futures: A Critique on the Use of Images for Visual Communication: Meaningful visualizations depicting climate change futures could help to bridge the gap between what may seem an abstract concept and everyday experience, making clearer its local and individual relevance. Computer aided visualization has great potential as a means to interest and engage different groups in society. However, the way in which information is represented affects an individual's interpretation and uptake, and how they see their present choices affecting their future and that of others.
  • Earth.350.org: In 2010, 350.org launched EARTH, the world’s first ever global satellite art project. In over 16 places around the world, the public collaborated with artists to create art so large it could be photographed from space.The art pieces highlighted a local climate change issue or solution. We found that art had the remarkable ability to bring thousands of people around the world including India, Egypt, South Africa, China, the United States and more, to engage in the climate change movement for the first time. Many who participated and witnessed the pieces were transformed. Immediately after we heard in Spanish, Arabic, English, Hindi, “What can I do next…” And so EARTH was born.
  • CLIMARTE: is bringing together a broad alliance of arts organizations, practitioners, administrators, patrons and academics from across the spectrum of the arts sector, including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, and cinema.
  • Finally, A Good Play About Climate Change: "The Contingency Plan", Steve Waters’s terrific new double-bill of plays about climate change, now on at the Bush Theatre in London, it's the moment when Will Paxton (Geoffrey Streatfeild), a young glaciologist, explains the concept of displacement to the new Tory minister for climate change
  • Fate of the Earth Takes Center Stage: Cynthia Hopkins, the creator of “This Clement World,” a multimedia work that addresses climate change
  • Top 8 Songs about Climate Change: Music is an effective tool for raising awareness, expressing emotions and prompting action. Many musicians are very conscious of the environment. Here are 8 top songs about climate change.
  • When Music and Climate Change Meet: During a recent event that highlighted the intersection of art and science, NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt offered an intriguing pitch for a climate change symphony that would use music to tell the story of Earth’s long and varied geologic history. “There are trends in the tides of the planet that come from the changes in the continents, the wobbles in the Earth’s orbit,” he said, emphasizing Earth’s many rhythms, crescendos, and cataclysms that lend themselves to music.

 

Political Sciences:

  • Obama vs. physics: Why climate change won't wait for the president:This article takes a perspective on why the pressures of dealing with climate change are beyond politics and policy making.
  • Climate change measures: Report praises politicians: Politicians are doing more to combat climate change than they are given credit for, according to a report. It says 32 out of 33 countries surveyed have introduced, or are producing, significant climate-related laws. Out of these, 18 nations are making ...
  • Kumi Naidoo: governments must confront climate change in 2013 : I hope to witness – and be part of – the exponential growth in popular pressure to force governments to take steps to avert catastrophic climate change. I hope to see even more unusual allies joining the global movement demanding climate action.
  • Analysis: In augural address, Obama makes climate change a top priority: In a rousing inaugural speech Monday, President Barack Obama vowed to “respond to the threat of climate change,” warning that “failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” The full-throated endorsement of climate change action ...
  • Obama Seen Skirting Congress to Set Climate-Change Policies: President Barack Obama, whose inaugural address made climate change a second-term priority, could bypass Congress and implement much of his environmental agenda unilaterally through regulations and executive action. Obama, for example, is set to ...
  • Obama Climate Change Vow Could Make EPA a Political Target: President Obama's second inaugural address left no doubt about his desire to put climate change front and center in his second term. He's likely to pursue his agenda through executive actions rather than legislation, at least initially. That could put ...
  • Biden vows climate change agenda will not fail: Vice President Joseph R. Biden told environmental activists at the Sunday “Green Ball” inaugural event that the White House would not fail to enact climate change policy. “Keep the faith,” he said, according to a Politico report. This administration ...
  • Nations are taking action on climate change: While global talks founder, national governments are passing legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions – a Plan B for fighting climate change that was hatched at 2010 climate talks in Cancun. This optimistic message is at the centre of a new London ...

 

General Sciences:

 

Social Sciences:

  • Climate change is here — and worse than we thought
  • Perceived timings of economic crisis and climate change prevent action
  • An Experiment on Zero Waste: Ever since I read Elizabeth Royte’s Garbage Land, I can’t throw away anything without thinking about the secret life of trash. Royte followed her garbage to landfills where nothing decomposes and a hotdog from 1950 looks virtually the same in 2005. I followed her to the recycling plants where enormous batches of paper are made back into pulp, and where plastic bottles find a second life as carpets or outdoor furniture. I traveled vast distances as trash from New York City is trucked to landfills as far away as West Virginia and where toxic sludge from wastewater treatment plants is spread on fields as fertilizer. Knowing that Americans generate 250 million tons of trash per year, I began an experiment last summer to see how much waste I actually produced and could divert.
  • Do Cities Really Take the Lead on Climate Change?: Climate change is at least a distant fifth in line for attention from the federal government, behind sequestration, debt ceiling, gun control, and immigration. Couple that position with the fact that many Congressional lawmakers don't even think ...
  • Report: Climate change already affecting US economy, people: WASHINGTON — A new report warns that climate change driven by human activity already is affecting the American people and economy, with more frequent and intense heat waves, heavy downpours and, in some places, floods and droughts.
  • Climate Change in the Age of Truthiness: Hamilton finds that existing beliefs about climate change influence acceptance of the facts, or, better put, which "facts" one chooses to accept. In the study, 80% of people who believe climate change is happening and is caused by human activity know ...
  • Green fatigue: As the West luxuriates in the comforts of a wealthy 21st century, most people do not fancy the self-denial route to sustainability espoused by Australia's future king. Sure there are those who use green bags when they go to the supermarket, ...
  • Northeast Ohio residents show strong support for sustainability, survey says: A survey released Wednesday by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium says Northeast Ohio residents support sustainability efforts, including improving the quality of lakes, rivers and streams. Northeast Ohio residents believe in ...

 

Education

 

Nursing

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  • American Nursing Association 2008 House of Delegates Resolution on Climate Change: Climate Change is recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as an unprecedented phenomena threatening human and environmental health. In 2008, ANA’s House of Delegates passed a resolution, entitled Global Climate Change. This resolution encourages nurses to “advocate for change on both individual and policy levels; to support local public policies that endorse sustainable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and… to support initiatives to decrease the contribution to global warming by the healthcare industry.”
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  • Climate Change and Human Health: Present and Future Risks:  Climate change will affect human health in many ways—mostly adversely. Here, we summarize the epidemiological evidence of how climate variations and trends affect various health outcomes. We assess the little evidence there is that recent global warming has already affected some health outcomes. We review the published estimates of future health effects of climate change over coming decades.
  • Building Human Resilience: The Role of Public Health Preparedness and Response as an Adaptation to Climate Change: This article discusses the role of public health in reducing human vulnerability to climate change within the context of select examples for emergency preparedness and response.
  • Geographies of Health: An Introduction: This revised second edition highlights the ways in which health may be studied from geographical perspectives, setting out the debates and reviewing the evidence that links health outcomes with social and physical environments.

 

Pharmacy