Joshua Meltzer and Tim Boersma preview the upcoming Paris Climate Change meeting and how China and the United States—the world's first and second largest greenhouse gas emitters—plan to address climate change.
"California's drought just hit a new milestone: As of this week, 32.98 percent of the state is experiencing "exceptional" drought, making it the worst drought in the 14 years that the Department of Agriculture's Drought Monitor has tracked data."
Carbon storage has to expand rapidly, or coal burning has to cease, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change
The world is on track for dangerous climate change, having nearly lost room for further pollution in the mix of gases that make up the atmosphere. Despite a rise in clean, renewable energy supplies in certain countries, and a partial shift from coal to natural gas in others, global greenhouse gas pollution continues to rise—and at an increasing pace in the most recent years.
"Economic and population growth are drivers for emissions and they have outpaced the improvements of energy efficiency," said Ottmar Edenhofer, economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Edenhofer spoke at an April 13 press conference in Berlin, where IPCC's Working Group III released its report on the subject of how to mitigate the climate problem.
Sauber, aber teuer – billig, aber schmutzig: Zwischen diesen Extremen muss die Politik einen Weg finden. Mit dem richtigen Konzept kann sie die Stromkunden um Milliarden Euro entlasten. Das zeigt eine Exklusivstudie.
Her insan tüketmelidir. Tüketmek kesinlikle yanlış bir durum değildir, aksine tüketim gereklidir. Yaşamımıza devam edebilmek için yemek yemeli, su içmeliyiz. Hepimizin temizlik malzemesi ve mobilya almaya ya da bize keyif ve yaşam hazzı verecek kitap, müzik vb. ihtiyaçları almaya eğilimi vardır. İşletme kitaplarındaki tanımıyla “Tüketim tüm ekonomik faaliyetlerin son amacıdır. İnsanların bütün çabaları, yaşam düzeylerini yükseltmek yani gereksinmelerini daha iyi karşılayacak bir tüketim düzeyine ulaşmak amacına yönelmiştir” Fakat ne kadar ve nasıl?
Pazarlamacıların tüketicileri ihtiyaçları olandan fazlasını tüketmeleri için milyarlarca dolar harcadığı ve başarılı olduğu 21'inci yüzyılda daha az tüketmenin sürdürülebilir bir gelecek sağlayıp sağlayamayacağı tartışılıyor. Geleceğin markalarının şimdiden aşırı tüketimi ve israfı engelleyen iletişim stratejileriyle tüketicilerde bağlılık ve sadakat yaratması bekleniyor. Barilla'nın dünyanın gıda ve beslenme konularıyla bağlantılı başlıca sorunlarını çözümlemek amacıyla 2009 yılında kurulmuş düşünce kuruluşu Barilla Gıda ve Beslenme Merkezi'nin (Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, BCFN) mart ayında yayınladığı raporuna göre her yıl dağılan ve israf olan gıda yüzünden neredeyse dünyada yetişen her üç elmanın yalnızca bir tanesi yeniyor. Yiyecek artıkları, çöpümüzün dörtte birinden fazlasını hatta bazı bölgelerde yarısını oluşturuyor. Dahası daha az tüketimin Alman dergisi der Spiegel'in de kapağına taşıdığı gibi daha mutlu etmesi beklenirken, bir yandan da ülke ekonomilerinin daha az tüketimle ayakta kalıp kalamayacağı akıllarda soru işareti bırakıyor.
The goal of Germany's Energiewende, or energy tranformation, is very clear. To make energy production in Germany sustainable and act responsibly for subsequent generations. The target: by 2014, 80 percent of Germany's electricity should be from renewables. Some towns in Germany are way ahead of the game. Take Wolfhagen in the state of Hesse, where the energy revolution has already taken place.
Blaming storms on human industry is as backward as blaming them on gays.
What a laugh we all had a few weeks ago when that UK Independence Party councillor, David Silvester, said floods in England were caused by gay marriage. Remember the merriment? The eccentric (I’m being polite) Silvester wrote to his local newspaper in Oxfordshire to say that the reason we are ‘beset by storms’ is because PM David Cameron acted ‘arrogantly against the gospel’ by allowing gay people to get hitched, and the internet exploded into guffaws. Silvester became the subject of witty memes, mocking tweets, and searing newspaper critiques. He was eventually ditched by UKIP. Everyone asked the same question: ‘In the twenty-first century what sort of person seriously believes that natural calamities like floods can be blamed on allegedly “sinful” behaviour?!’
Economics Conferences: Ecology and the Economy in Modern Industrial Societies – On the History of a Relationship. , Dept. of History, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, in Freiburg, Germany is looking for participants. Qualified participants must have experience in the fields of: A: General Economics and Teaching, B: Methodology and History of Economic Thought, K: Law and Economics, N: Economic History, O: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth, P: Economic Systems, Q: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, R: Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics.
DeSmogBlog has done the first comprehensive analysis of where Bjorn Lomborg’s money comes from. You'll be shocked, shocked to learn that a guy who argues for inaction on climate change and pens pieces like “The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels” is connected to the Kochtopus empire.
Im dritten Teil des aktuellen Berichtes zum Stand der Erderwärmung beschreibt der Weltklimarat, wie die Erwärmung zu stoppen ist. Aber vor allem zeigt er: Kaum jemand nimmt das Expertengremium noch ernst.
Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
It is now possible to take the units of this course as individual continuing professional development units, which means you can register for one unit at a time, rather than a full award. You can complete to full masters via this flexible delivery. For more information, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service .
Key features of the course
A unique course that is the only course of its kind in the worldCombine your studies with employment, and there is scope to undertake a professional placement in a workplace as part of the courseHighly inter-disciplinary, drawing from ecology, geography, social science, psychology and technology, among other areas
What will I study?
The development of a green economy, or an economy that is environmentally sustainable, has become a political and socio-economic imperative. Key drivers include the need to reduce carbon emissions to minimise the risk of climate change, overexploitation of resources and widespread environmental degradation, which is eroding the natural capital on which human wellbeing depends. The transition to a green economy represents a substantial challenge to society, particularly in the current era of rapid environmental and socio-economic change.
This green economy course seeks to provide the scientific understanding on which the transition to a green economy can be based, including the principles of environmental sustainability and the societal responses required to implement these in practice.
How will I study?
In keeping with the ethos of the course, it is delivered via distance learning to minimise its environmental impact. The course can be studied from anywhere in the world, supported by a high quality virtual learning environment. You will be supported by electronic communication with staff and researchers at BU, and will also interact with other students as members of a virtual learning community.
The course includes the option to undertake either a research project, or an extended professional placement involving implementation of a practical project in a workplace environment.