Recently, scientists have warned that climate change is still happening despite the fact that surface temperatures have “pased” over the last decade. They point to the warming of the oceans which is taking on more heat energy.
This summer (2014) several interns supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency did projects at Chicago-area colleges (including Moraine Valley), each focusing on a waste reduction program aimed at increasing recycling and developing zero-waste plans. These interns presented the findings from their work and offer new insight on sustainability efforts in higher education.
A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs by Dan Charles
NPR – January 10, 2014
If you’re confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist’s in-depth series questioned its faith.
Since it is Earth Day, I thought it worth noting that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has offered their strongest statement about the threat the climate change represents. Their newest report is grounded in scientific data and outlines the serious consequences of inaction.
I thought that this discussion on On the Media outlines some of the approach taken by the IPCC.
Description: A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only presents dire evidence of global warming’s impact, it also offers a different narrative about who is at risk, putting humans at the center of the story. Brooke talks with science journalist Cristine Russell about the IPCC’s media-ready case.
I know that my take on organic & local farming varies slightly from that of many folks around MVCC. I also know that my take on genetically modified crops also varies. Here is a lecture from British journalist Mark Lynas who offers support for GMO crops. To me, this is a debate that is very important, because I have concern that the overly-simplistic GMO campaigns (many that were successful in Europe) do not allow for nuance and recognition that there are useful, valuable, and safe forms of GMO that will be necessary to stabilize the increasing world population.
Obama Moves to Limit Greenhouse Gases Emissions Through Executive Order
SUMMARY: In an address at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama announced a new climate change plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The president zeroed in on new and existing power plants that burn coal, and called for public lands to generate power via wind and solar energy projects. Gwen Ifill reports.