How to communicate in an interdisciplinary team
By Jessica Thompson – SciDev.Net
Researchers increasingly find themselves working with disciplines other than their own specialism to solve complex issues where science and society intersect. For example, understanding and adapting to climate change requires expertise ranging from ecology to sociology.
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U.S. unprepared to limit swings in food prices
By Kevin P. Gallagher – The Japan Times
The United States has left the world’s poor at the global trade negotiating table. After more than a decade in gridlock, world trade negotiators had high hopes of closing a final deal at the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is to hold a ministerial in Bali, Indonesia, Dec. 6-13.
Read more at: http://bit.ly/1kjFfGZ
More Extreme Weather Events Likely: Climate Projections of Unparalleled Accuracy for the Whole of Europe – Science Daily
An international team including CNRS, Météo-France, CEA, UVSQ and INERIS has carried out and analyzed a group of climate projections for the whole of Europe at an unprecedented resolution of 12 km, by downscaling the global simulations carried out for the 5th IPCC report.
Read more at: http://bit.ly/IVMFVE
Effective water management crucial for future of Arab world
By Basima Bahout – AL-Monitor
There is a growing consensus throughout the Arab region that the Arab people are facing a new shift in their relationship with the natural world. If the last 70 years were the oil era, the coming years will certainly be characterized by how successfully we will benefit from one of the most important natural resources — water.
Read more at: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2013/12/water-governance-middle-east-oil.html#
What’s the Problem with Advanced Economies?
By Kenneth Rogoff – Project Syndicate
Is today’s slow growth in advanced economies a continuation of long-term secular decline, or does it reflect the normal aftermath of a deep systemic financial crisis? More important, do we need to answer that question definitively in order to boost the pace of economic recovery?
Read more at: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/kenneth-rogoff-asks-whether-we-need-to-know-what-s-ailing-the-advanced-economies-in-order-to-boost-growth
Strong laws can boost sustainable development in Africa — expert
By Julie Mollins – CIFOR
Land acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa are on the rise and investment trends are shifting, increasing the need to close tax loopholes and improve legal frameworks, a top forestry scientist says.
Read more at: http://blog.cifor.org/20555/strong-laws-can-boost-sustainable-development-in-africa-expert#.UqHuZpHJh4V
By Florence Williams – On Earth
We’ve known for years that lead seriously impairs early childhood development. Now scientists are finding that our kids’ brains are at risk from a barrage of other common chemicals.
Read more at: http://www.onearth.org/articles/2013/11/kids-brains-are-at-risk-from-a-barrage-of-toxic-chemicals
An Agenda to Save the Euro
By Joseph E. Stiglitz – Project Syndicate
It has been three years since the outbreak of the euro crisis, and only an inveterate optimist would say that the worst is definitely over. Some, noting that the Eurozone’s double-dip recession has ended, conclude that the austerity medicine has worked. But try telling that to those in countries that are still in depression,
Read more at: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/joseph-e–stiglitz-says-that-the-europe-will-not-recover-unless-and-until-the-eurozone-is-fundamentally-reformed
Development work and the private sector – open for business?
By Philippa Garson – IRIN
The relationship between businesses and non-profits has traditionally been an adversarial one, with no shortage of mistrust between the two, who pursue seemingly contradictory goals: profits on the one hand and solving the world’s problems on the other. But many players in the health sector now see a shift in the way businesses, non-profits and governments are working together.
Read more at: http://www.irinnews.org/report/99250/development-work-and-the-private-sector-open-for-business
UK Deputy Prime Minister speaks on environment and economy – Gallon Daily
Last month the UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg spoke at length to a green-themed conference regarding both the government’s and his party’s approach to the environment.
Read more at: http://gallondaily.com/2013/12/02/uk-deputy-prime-minister-speaks-on-environment-and-economy/
China’s largest desert freshwater lake shrinking faster than ever
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
Hongjiannao Lake has been disappearing since the 1970s but has now shrunk by almost one-third since 2009.
Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/29/china-largest-desert-freshwater-lake-shrinking-hongjiannao
Growing divide between climate goals, emissions: IEA
By David Crane – Embassy
The future lies with those who can develop clean energy solutions, not those who want to create a petro state.
Read more at: http://www.embassynews.ca/opinion/2013/12/02/growing-divide-between-climate-goals-emissions-iea/44893
Warming seas and superstorms are destroying aquatic life
By Simeon Tegel – Salon
Here, just off Caye Caulker, a tiny, bucolic Caribbean isle that is a magnet for snorkelers and scuba divers, the ravages of climate change are clear to see.
Read more at: http://www.salon.com/2013/11/29/warming_seas_and_superstorms_are_destroying_the_cradle_of_aquatic_life_partner/
Climate Change Disproportionately Hurting Pakistan’s Women, Report Finds
By Emily Atkin – Climate Progress
If Pakistan’s coastal region of Sindh is any indication, the adverse effects of climate change in developing countries will not be gender neutral.
Read more at: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/29/3005311/climate-change-hurting-pakistans-women/
Australia’s Wilderness Society launches legal attack on coal industry
By Jill Stark – The Age
Australia’s biggest environmental group will launch a major legal fight against the fossil fuel industry as it shifts focus to climate change for the first time in its 37-year history.
Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/australias-wilderness-society-launches-legal-attack-on-coal-industry-20131130-2yinx.html
The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think
By Roman Krznaric – Yes Magazine
What might history teach us about living more simple, less consumerist lifestyles?
When the recently elected Pope Francis assumed office, he shocked his minders by turning his back on a luxury Vatican palace and opting instead to live in a small guesthouse. He has also become known for taking the bus rather than riding in the papal limousine.
Read more at: http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-movement-to-live-more-simply-is-older-than-you-thought
Greenland Inuit village fights for survival
By Mark Brooks – Deutsche Welle
When it comes to pulling together globally in battling climate change, some small island nations have to fight to get their voices heard. Many of them have been wrestling with the effects of climate change for years.
Read more at: http://www.dw.de/greenland-inuit-village-fights-for-survival/a-17270232
Mounting microplastic pollution harms ‘earthworms of the sea’ – report
By Jessica Aldred – The Guardian
Ingestion of microplastics by lugworms could have impact on ocean ecosystems due to their importance to food chain.
Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/02/microplastic-pollution-harms-lugworms-sea-oceans?CMP=twt_fd
Sovereign Wealth Failure?
By Matt Gouett – Open Canada.org
Most scholars writing on sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) agree that countries create SWFs for one of three reasons. …
Read more at: http://opencanada.org/features/the-think-tank/essays/sovereign-wealth-failure/
One of the purposes of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was to make information about aid not only more transparent, but easier for stakeholders in developing countries, and elsewhere, to actually use. Geocoding is one of the most exciting developments in this regard …
Read more at: http://aiddata.org/blog/geocoding-a-route-to-deeper-transparency-for-the-african-development-bank
Changes To Renewable Fuel Standard Bring Intense Lobbying From Oil And Biofuel Industries
By Cezary Podkul – Huffington Post Green
Industries with millions of dollars at stake over the U.S. government’s plan to lower the amount of biofuel that must be used in 2014 will air their grievances on Thursday in one of the most divisive policy debates of the year.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/renewable-fuel-standard-lobbying_n_4390076.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003