We need to figure out a better way to communicate science that balances technology and nature. Beautiful article by Manu Saunders, Ecologist, Charles Sturt University. This post was first published in Ensia – Environmental Magazine on August 13, 2015 Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes … More The dangers of separating science and environment
A survey indicates that the gender gap has poured out the climate change debate, with a French report suggesting that men are bigger eco-offenders than women. Two independent studies carried out by separate teams of European scientists looked at data on the consumption and daily lifestyles of men and women in industrialised countries. One found … More The gender gap grasps climate change too
Key Benchmarks for Assessment There are a number of concepts about waste management which vary in their usage between countries or regions. Some of the most general, widely-used concepts include: 1. Waste Hierarchy: The waste hierarchy refers to the “3 Rs” reduce, reuse and recycle, which classify waste management strategies according to their desirability in … More The Art of Waste Management (2)
Pigou, the economist who wanted to tax the smog Founder of the Polluter Pays Principle, the English economist Arthur Cecil Pigou comes out of the shadows. British Petroleum assumed responsibility for the oil disaster occurred in April 21 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion of the floating platform released tons of oil and … More The Art of Waste Management (1)
UN summit to steer the course for a binding global commitment on carbon emissions in Paris The meeting of nearly 200 governments in Peru in mid-December this year for a major UN climate change summit must produce the first draft of a global deal to cut emissions. But one must be aware that slow progress … More Lima Climate Talks should deliver first draft for 2015 climate deal
When I attend endless debates on human physiology to determine our primary feeding method, see what happens… Because the question no longer is: « Are we made to eat meat / plants / rocks / light », it is about something very simple: « Can we do otherwise? » Hear: « Can we eat without … More When it comes to vegetarianism
(Click to enlarge) On the one hand, these three numbers: 3 billion people in 1960, 7 billion in 2014, whose half, 3’5 billion, are living in cities. On the other, the obvious: major climate change shook the world during this period. For many demographers, the comparison is not relevant. But not for everyone. In France, … More At nature’s mighty feast there is no vacant cover for everyone
LIVESTOCK is itself a risk factor for our health. Industrial production systems have long been the norm in developed countries and are becoming more prevalent in developing countries. The huge number of animals kept in confinement, with a very low genetic variability, and subject to rapid growth in appalling conditions, creates ideal conditions for the … More Livestock, Meat and Human Health
Ambition and transformation needed The one-day United Nations Climate Summit wrapped up in New York. They were held to lead up to meetings in Lima and Paris. What for? What needs to happen next? • The results of the summit. The climate summit in New York on Tuesday (23.09.2014), was supposed to prepare climate negotiations … More UN climate talks Get-up-and-go!
Food security in terms of the prevalence of undernourishment indicator is a measure of dietary energy deprivation. As a standalone indicator, the prevalence of undernourishment indicator is not able to capture the complexity and multidimensionality of food security, as defined by the 2009 Declaration of the World Summit on Food Security: “Food security exists when … More Measuring different dimensions of food security
« The world sends us garbage – we send back music ». That’s the motto of Favio Chavez. He opened a music school in Cateura on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asunción. There’s no money for instruments – but no shortage of refuse in the neighbourhood. Gomez turns the garbage into violins, guitars, cellos and … More The garbage orchestra from Paraguay
>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano PRELIMINARIES OF THE UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN WARSAW The climate conference in Warsaw began under the shadow of last week’s disaster in the Philippines. But despite passionate appeals, the conference moves into its second week without any significant progress. « There is no Planet B », « … More Pleas but no progress at COP19 climate talks
The model for ‘sustainable development’ as espoused in official UN documents cannot withstand a serious critique. A real sustainability requires a change of economic paradigm, not a continuation of the industrialist/capitalist/consumerist economic model that is dependent on unimpaired profits. An Attempt to Define Sustainability There is a conflict among the different ways people understand sustainability … More What Does ‘Sustainable Development’ Really Mean?
As the world meets in Durban, South Africa, for what has become a yearly attempt to secure a global response to climate change, let us look back on 20 years of events that have brought negotiations to this point. 1988. The IPCC is born The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established in response … More Durban Conference: Questionable Expectations
One year after efforts to plan a global climate treaty felt to pieces in Copenhagen, negotiators are going into this month’s United Nations summit in Cancun, Mexico, with brand new hopes – but limited expectations. As almost 200 nations gathered in Cancun for the first day of climate talks on Monday 29, representatives were focused … More World climate talks in Cancun: a new kick in the teeth?