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Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined Sleep's Surprising Effects on Hunger A New Paradigm Will Help Navigate the Anthropocene : Collide-a-Scape As anyone who follows environmental discourse knows, sustainability is more than a popular buzzword. It’s a concept that frames all discussion on climate change, development, and ecological concerns. For example, today’s line-up of sessions at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting includes a panel called, “Getting to Global Ecological Sustainability: Climate and Small-Planet Ethics.” But what if there is no getting to global sustainability, because it’s an impossible goal? It’s an idea that is more compatible with the way the world actually works–not just ecologically, but at a societal level, too. As much as I think this is the way forward, I very much doubt that the “sustainability” frame will go quietly into the night. Unfortunately, the sustainability movement’s politics, not to mention its marketing, have led to a popular misunderstanding: that a perfect, stasis-under-glass equilibrium is achievable.

Isaac Held's Blog 44. Heat uptake and internal variability — part II I’m returning to an argument discussed in post #16 regarding the decomposition of the global mean warming into a part that is forced and a part that is due to internal variability. I am not looking here for the optimal way of doing this decomposition. Read the rest of this entry » 43. Animation of near-surface wind speeds in rotating radiative-convection equilibrium, following Zhou et al, 2014. I have discussed models of non-rotating radiative-convective equilibrium (RCE) in previous posts. Read the rest of this entry » 42: Aqua-planet hurricanes and the ITCZ Zonal (east-west) wind in the lower troposphere (850mb) in two simulations with a 50km resolution atmospheric model with zonally symmetric boundary conditions. of longitude within the tropics (30S-30N) is shown. in the upper panel and in the lower panel. Read the rest of this entry » 41. Read the rest of this entry » 40. . Read the rest of this entry » Read the rest of this entry » 38. 37.

Science - Latest Technology News and Pictures About the OECD Our mission The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives.

Ethics in Climate Change — Rock Ethics Institute "If we did not take action to solve this crisis, it could indeed threaten the future of human civilization...I believe it's deadly accurate. But again, we can solve it." Al Gore According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, every year climate change is attributable for the deaths of over 300,000 people, seriously affects a further 325 million people, and causes economic losses of US $125 billion. Climate change poses historically unprecedented challenges and profound ethical questions – but also new opportunities for global innovation and cooperation. Who we want to reach: Policy makers: those who are engaged in policy discussions, from the local to the global level, and scientists who are informing policy-making processesTeachers: educators in K-12 and university settingsLeaders: people of all ages who strive to be ethically informed to Stand up for global justice

CNN More than 50 billion of 3M's Post-it notes are sold every yearHit product reached market 12 years after it was invented3M employee, Art Fry realized potential of Post-it Notes in churchOnce the product was released in 1980, it spread "like a virus," he recalls St Paul, Minnesota (CNN) -- It's been described as the solution to a problem nobody realized existed. But that hasn't stopped the humble Post-it Note from becoming a ubiquitous fixture of stationery cupboards worldwide, with manufacturers 3M producing 50 billion each year. The sticky yellow squares did not always look destined to set the office supply world alight. In fact, it took 12 years from when the technology behind the product was first developed, to Post-its hitting the market. The story of the Post-it -- the self-attaching note that adheres in such a way that it can be removed without causing damage -- begins in 1968. We wanted to develop bigger, stringer, tougher adhesives. 'Credit card computer' enhances learning

The Earth Institute - Columbia University The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media | Connecting scientists, journalists, and communicators Business Insider Showtime Series Aims to Engage Sleepy Public on Global Warming With Celebrity Guides ShowtimeIn the first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously,” the actor Don Cheadle talks with Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist, and her husband, Drew Farley, a preacher. Early in 2011, two longtime 60 Minutes producers, David Gelber and Joel Bach, met with me to describe their ambitious plan to create a television series on global warming that, they hoped, would break through the enduring public apathy and haze of disinformation surrounding the subject. I wished them luck, while warning that the scale and complexity of the problem would make it hard to be both engaging and accurate. The first of nine episodes of the resulting series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” will run on Showtime Sunday night but can be seen on YouTube now (noted via Joe Romm, who is one of two chief science advisers on the production, the other being Heidi Cullen): But those films were overtly polemical. It’s very hard to quantify. Drew Farley: A lot of my political opinions are Republican.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week | with Peter Sinclair Sleep deprivation has genetic consequences WASHINGTON – Hey, you, yawning at 2 in the afternoon. Your genes feel it, too. A new study, paid for by the U.S. Air Force but relevant for anyone with a small child, a large prostate or a lot on the mind, is helping illuminate what happens at the genetic level when we don’t get enough sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep deprivation — in this experiment, less than six hours a night for a week — changes the activity of about 700 genes, which is roughly 3 percent of all we carry. About one-third of the affected genes are ramped up when we go with insufficient sleep night after night. Among the genes disturbed by sleep deprivation are ones involved in metabolism, immunity, inflammation, hormone response, the expression of other genes and the organization of material called chromatin on chromosomes. The experiment’s results are “consistent with what we know from animal studies,” said James Krueger, a sleep researcher at Washington State University. Cognitive, heart troubles