Food and Climate Change: What Are Students Saying?

Food and Climate Change: What Are Students Saying?

By guest blogger Eva Malis, University of California, Berkeley (photo of Berkeley Student Food Coop from www.berkeley.edu) As the urgency of the climate dilemma looms over us like a swiftly approaching storm cloud, more people are desperately searching for easy solutions. And there are many of them—a whole world of creative solutions, all with debatable impacts. Food especially has become a hot ..

How to Have a Climate-Friendly Fourth of July Barbecue

How to Have a Climate-Friendly Fourth of July Barbecue

Backyard barbecues remain a hallmark of the Fourth of July, even though this means burning gas or charcoal, which emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas emissions drive climate change, whose impacts are now visible at just about every national park visited by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, she said in a recent interview. “In Historic Jamestowne, we’ve actually had 98 ..

Are you musical?  If so, then create your own video using these lyrics…

Are you musical? If so, then create your own video using these lyrics…

We’re announcing a friendly contest designed primarily for public good but that also offers a $100 prize for the entry judged by us to be the best one. Here’s how it works: If you’re musical, we ask that you consider creating a video of yourself and/or your musical group singing your own version of “Hey Food” — which ..

Global Action to Reverse Climate Change on World Environment Day

Global Action to Reverse Climate Change on World Environment Day

In the month before World Environment Day (today), the New York Times publicized a projection that large-scale melting of ice in the Antartica may now be almost inevitable, and this phenomenon could cause “enough sea-level rise that many of  the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.” Yet hopeful measures to avert such an outcome have been proposed in a ..

Guilt-Free Memorial Day Cookouts in the Age of Climate Change

Guilt-Free Memorial Day Cookouts in the Age of Climate Change

Backyard cookouts are a hallmark of Memorial Day. Inevitably, this means burning gas or charcoal, each of which emits significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Yet according to a new projection in the New York Times, large-scale melting of ice in the Antartica is now almost inevitable, and this phenomenon could cause “enough sea-level rise that many of  ..

Scientists warn of submerged coastal cities, but also offer hope

According to a new projection in the New York Times, large-scale melting of ice in the Antartica is now almost inevitable, and this phenomenon could cause “enough sea-level rise that many of the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.” However, preventive measures are proposed in a separate new article in the journal Global Change Biology. These measures would involve reforesting as much as possible of the 45% ..

How Earth Day Finally Won’t Fail in 2014

How Earth Day Finally Won’t Fail in 2014

To maximize the potential of Earth Day, we’re told to prioritize actions that can yield the most environmental improvement. We’re told this means that reducing greenhouse gas emissions should be our priority, as our civilization is uniquely imperiled by greenhouse gas that generates climate change. So for many years, our priority on Earth Day has generally been to reduce greenhouse gas, and the key recipe has been to ..

Happier Meals

Happier Meals

(This article by Robert Goodland [1] is adapted from the Climate Institute’s January 2014 Climate Alert) According to two UN entities, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency, the concentration of greenhouse gas (GHG) in our atmosphere may rise to irreversibly catastrophic levels by 2020 – or at latest 2026 – if nothing is done ..

Renowned World Bank Scientist Prescribes Better Alternatives to Livestock

By Frank De Giacomo (in photo at left) Dr. Robert Goodland has been referred to as “the conscience” of the World Bank, which recruited him to be its first full-time ecologist. He took a lead role in drafting the World Bank’s first environmental and social policies, which essentially served as environmental and social standards for countries that lacked appropriate regulatory frameworks to ..

In Memoriam: Robert Goodland (1939-2013)

Robert James Appleby Goodland was born at home in Brigg, Lincolnshire (in the east of England) on the 26th of September 1939, the second son of Arthur and Cynthia Goodland. He spent the war years with his family in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire and subsequently received his primary and secondary education at Taunton School in Somerset (in the South West region ..