The dangers of separating science and environment

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

Lima Climate Talks should deliver first draft for 2015 climate deal

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

At nature’s mighty feast there is no vacant cover for everyone

(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

Measuring different dimensions of food security

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

Pleas but no progress at COP19 climate talks

>> 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

What Does ‘Sustainable Development’ Really Mean?

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?

World climate talks in Cancun: a new kick in the teeth?

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?