Climate Change

Symphonic Homage to Nature

“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass, and the rocks — no one can love the countryside more than I do — for the woods, the trees, and the rocks give a man the inspiration he needs”.

—Ludwig van Beethoven

Keep Calm and Save Our Biodiversity

Invasive species are one of the key threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. Moving species beyond their historical geographic ranges, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can have dire consequences. Biological invasions are transforming the ranges of many habitats, which consequently helps accelerate climate change. One example of an invasive species that has had catastrophic effects is the Latin American water hyacinth. It was introduced in Africa, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand and now clogs rivers, starves fish of oxygen, and creates breeding grounds for mosquitos.

Edging Forward

Writing a book takes a long time, and my latest, Edging Forward, took four years, some of it joyful but mostly a lot of hard work. More than ever, given this evidence, I felt it was important to try and communicate my research in a different way to a more general audience.

Drawing Climate Change

By Jaime Clifton-Ross, Research Curator, from What is a 21st Century Curator series

 “My drawings celebrate the beauty we all stand to lose.”
— Zaria Forman 

Still-Life with Anthropocene and Climate

“I wish to illuminate the damage, the breakage, the fragmentation. Somehow, if I can make it beautiful, I can make it one again.”

— Anne de Carbuccia

Asking the Right Questions

Matthew Hoffman, co-director of the Munk School’s Environmental Governance Lab, argues that we need to transform society and internalize climate change awareness and concern into our day-to-day lives. For example, in the same newspaper this past Saturday there was an article talking about the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and in another, advertising the “best back to school” car, none of which was electric or hybrid.

How to Fix Climate Change

"How can policymakers fight climate change in the face of political headwinds? Gov. Jerry Brown of California addresses that question at ClimateTECH, a conference from The New York Times, in a conversation with Thomas L. Friedman."

The Changing Colours of Our Living Planet

Nasa’s new data visualization proves that pictures are truly worth a thousand words. Over the last 20 years, their satellites have continuously monitored plant life along the surfaces of Earth’s land and ocean. Pictured in a mesmerizing time-lapse with images that capture the ebb and flow of seasonal weather patterns. One Nasa oceanographer likened it to “watching the Earth breathe”.

Two Leaders for Climate Action

"Michael Bloomberg, a UN special envoy on climate change and former mayor of New York City, has funded a $164 million campaign in the US since 2010, during which time more than half the nation’s coal-fired power plants have been closed."

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

Global carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise again in 2017, by up to 2 percent. And more than 15,000 scientists issued a warning that we are heading down an unsustainable path and soon it will be too late. Clearly, we are moving in the wrong direction.

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