The challenge of global governance has never been more imperative and more daunting to realize. The headlines are filled with transnational challenges, from terrorism to climate change to weapons of mass destruction. To foster better understanding of modern global challenges--and the international community's record in responding to them--the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program has launched the Global Governance Monitor.
PLANTS ARE VITAL to life on this earth. We depend upon plants for many of our basic needs: the air we breathe, the food we eat, as a source of fuel, clean water, fiber, clothing, shelter, and as the basis for a growing number of lifesaving medications. Plants are a key element of biodiversity, an important constituent of habitat infrastructure for many ecosystems and the key to the earth's environmental equilibrium and stability. Despite the essentialness of plants to our existence, today almost one quarter of all plant species face the threat of extinction. Four plant species risk extinction every day.
David Taintor Climate change is a “human” — not “political” — issue, former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday at an event concluding his 24-hour Climate Reality Project intended to convert skeptics of global warming. In order to have an intelligent conversation about climate change, Gore said, we need to “to start with an acceptance of what the reality is that we are actually facing.”
OIL markets are full of uncertainty. Asian demand is booming and doubts abound over the ability of supply to match the world's appetite. What goes for crude oil also applies to the stuff squeezed out of vegetable matter.
Filipinos shares stage with Al Gore By TJ Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer Al Gore A Filipino environmentalist shared the stage with Al Gore at a 24-hour live-streamed global event from New York that kicked off the former US vice president’s fresh global campaign to stem the climate crisis. Rodne Galicha of Haribon Foundation and Friends of the Earth Philippines was set to make a presentation on the climate crisis at the event dubbed “24 Hours of Reality” at around 4 p.m. Thursday (Philippine time).
Humans have stepped foot on the moon more times than we've been to the deepest floors of our oceans. As science looks to survey new species, prospect minerals, and monitor how climate change is altering the depths, engineers need to find new ways to get us there, or at least send our mechanical eyes and ears. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has built Nereus (rhymes with “serious”) to get us there. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that can hit 11,000 meters underwater--that's almost twice the height of Everest--without any trouble, Nereus is a test bed for a new suite of technologies shedding ROVs clunky, ship-tethered past. Nereus is among a new class of underwater robotic vehicles being designed to autonomously explore some of the harshest environments in our oceans and better understand our atmosphere.
Climate change activist, former vice president, and near-president Al Gore will present a 24-hour live Webcast--"24 Hours of Reality"--on September 14-15 that's meant to counteract what a statement about the event calls misinformation on global warming. The Webcast consists of 24 back-to-back screenings of a new multimedia presentation by Gore, introduced live by presenters in 24 different parts of the world, and in 13 different languages. It heralds a new focus for Gore's nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection, which is changing its name to The Climate Reality Project.
For me, it’s the closest thing to Christmas come early. For three years now 350.org has coordinated giant worldwide rallies -- CNN has called them ‘the most widespread days of political activity in the planet’s history,’ involving every nation but North Korea. But if you think it gets old, you think wrong. The first pictures from this year’s Moving Planet-extravaganza are starting to stream in from those places where the Saturday sun has already risen, and they are as stunning as ever. In Tonga, villagers are gathering on their sinking coastline for a dawn ceremony to bless the day.
Tar Sands Jailbird: What Did My Husband and I Do for His 65th Birthday? Get Arrested I have never been arrested before, though I’ve been to many demonstrations and protests since the late 70s. My decision to defy police orders on August 29 by refusing to move from my spot on the sidewalk in front of the White House came after nearly three decades of working for climate solutions. My husband and I agreed to face arrest together on behalf of our children and all children around the world.