Thursday, July 24, 2014

Las vulnerabilidades que vienen con el cambio climático


El Wilson Center estadounidense nos trae un interesante análisis sobre las vulnerabilidades que vienen con el cambio climático que muchos de nosotros pensamos que se está viendo, aunque todavía hay muchos, incluso dentro de nuestros lectores, que no piensan que el cambio climático sea algo de qué preocuparse y, aún más, muchos todavía niegan que la actividad humana ha sido el principal causante de este cambio climático.

Las vulnerabilidades que evalúa dependen de la exposición que se tiene a los impactos que llegarán. Exposiciones como, por ejemplo, la proximidad a zonas bajas costeras o a áreas de probable sequía. No obstante, también es importante la capacidad de los Estados para responder a estos cambios.

Ver Artículo completo: Las vulnerabilidades que vienen con el cambio climático

Waging a war to save biodiversity: the rise of militarized conservation


This article examines the rise in militarized approaches towards conservation, as part of a new ‘war for biodiversity’. This is a defining moment in the international politics of conservation and needs further examination. The claims that rhinos and elephants are under threat from highly organized criminal gangs of poachers shapes and determines conservation practice on the ground. Indeed, a central focus of the 2014 London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade is the strengthening of law enforcement, and recent policy statements by the US government and the Clinton Global Initiative also draw the link between poaching, global security and the need for greater levels of enforcement. Such statements and initiatives contribute substantially to the growing sense of a war for biodiversity. This article offers a critique of that argument, essentially by asking how we define poachers, and if militarized approaches mean conservationists are becoming more willing to engage in coercive, repressive policies that are ultimately counterproductive. Further, this article examines how the new war for biodiversity is justified and promoted by referring to wider debates about intervention in a post-Cold War era; notably that the international community has a responsibility towards wildlife, especially endangered species, and that military forms of intervention may be required to save them. - See more at:

See full Article: http://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/waging-war-save-biodiversity-rise-militarized-conservation

OECD and FAO see lower farm prices; livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

Demand for agricultural products is expected to remain firm while expanding at lower rates than in the past decade. Cereals are still at the core of what people eat, but diets are becoming higher in protein, fats and sugar in many parts of the world, as incomes rise and urbanisation increases.

The OECD–FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023 says such changes, combined with a growing global population, will require substantial expansion of production over the coming decade. Led by Asia and Latin America, developing regions will account for more than 75% of additional agricultural output over the next decade.

See full Press Release: http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/oecd-and-fao-see-lower-farm-prices-livestock-and-biofuels-outpacing-crop-production.htm

BBC News - England 'exposed' to climate risks

BBC News - England 'exposed' to climate risks

10 Findings about Women in the Workplace | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project

10 Findings about Women in the Workplace | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Georgia Coal-to-Nuke Pivot Shows the Way on Climate Regs - Bloomberg

Georgia Coal-to-Nuke Pivot Shows the Way on Climate Regs - Bloomberg

What happens when employers are free to discriminate? Evidence from the English Barclays Premier Fantasy Football League - LSE Research Online

What happens when employers are free to discriminate? Evidence from the English Barclays Premier Fantasy Football League - LSE Research Online

Time for an Ethical Rewiring of Banking and Finance


Academics discuss how to instil integrity beyond regulation

Much has been written about the ethical causes of the latest financial crisis. Now it’s time to learn from it and build the ethical foundations for banking and the financial system to avoid tripping over the same stone.

This was one of the topics raised over two days at IESE´s biennial, 18th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society. With a major focus on the need for an ethical rearmament of banking, the symposium also gave centre stage to the areas of transparency in accounting and responsible investment.


Ethics beyond regulation

The banking system was the first topic to be tackled by Domènec Melé, Chairperson of the Symposium and professor in the Department of Business Ethics as well as Chair of Business Ethics at IESE. "Was the collapse of Lehman Brothers really a mere technical fault with no ethical content?" he asked. It would be absurd to think so. There is always an ethical dimension to any human activity, he said. Ethics, as many speakers were to agree, is the "softer" side to the technical collapse of the banking system.

See full Details: http://www.iese.edu/en/about-iese/news-media/news/2014/july/time-for-an-ethical-rewiring-of-banking-and-finance/

EU mulls cutting energy use by 35% | Environment | theguardian.com

EU mulls cutting energy use by 35% | Environment | theguardian.com

El fantasma del trabajo en exceso continúa ahí: una nueva muerte en China lo reaviva

El fantasma del trabajo en exceso continúa ahí: una nueva muerte en China lo reaviva

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rate of deforestation in Indonesia overtakes Brazil, says study | Environment | theguardian.com

Rate of deforestation in Indonesia overtakes Brazil, says study | Environment | theguardian.com

Henry I. Miller and Richard Cornett argue that conventional agriculture's higher yields reduce pressure on natural resources. - Project Syndicate

Henry I. Miller and Richard Cornett argue that conventional agriculture's higher yields reduce pressure on natural resources. - Project Syndicate

La gran barrera de coral se adaptó al calentamiento global hace 20.000 años - Libertad Digital

La gran barrera de coral se adaptó al calentamiento global hace 20.000 años - Libertad Digital

Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors | David Hill | Environment | theguardian.com

Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors | David Hill | Environment | theguardian.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bjørn Lomborg deplores the ineffectiveness of environmental aid to developing countries. - Project Syndicate

Bjørn Lomborg deplores the ineffectiveness of environmental aid to developing countries. - Project Syndicate

Cinco inmensos embudos marinos para limpiar los océanos - Libertad Digital

Cinco inmensos embudos marinos para limpiar los océanos - Libertad Digital

Why young people are key to tackling climate change


“Inheritance” is a word often used when it comes to our responsibility to take care of the planet, but I don’t think it’s the right one. After all, when you inherit something, it’s yours to do as you like with. I prefer to say that we are “borrowing” the earth, from future generations; when you borrow something, you have to hand it back in good condition.

After all, it is today’s young generations who will pay the price if we neglect our duty to minimize the effects of climate change – and we will not go far in fulfilling that responsibility unless we engage young people in a meaningful way. Fortunately there is evidence that, around the world, young people are taking the lead.

See full Article: http://forumblog.org/2014/07/young-people-tackling-climate-change/

IMF The Ethics Office Annual Report 2013 - Core Values: Taking Action

Naderev (Yeb) Saño and Julie-Anne Richards propose a levy on fossil-fuel producers to help those most vulnerable to climate change. - Project Syndicate

Naderev (Yeb) Saño and Julie-Anne Richards propose a levy on fossil-fuel producers to help those most vulnerable to climate change. - Project Syndicate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Africa Innovate: Celebrating Successes and Addressing Challenges

Africa Innovate: Celebrating Successes and Addressing Challenges

Energy Mineral Operations: Sustainability and FDI

Energy Mineral Operations: Sustainability and FDI

Climate Scientist Is First Woman to Win Geology’s Storied Wollaston Medal - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Climate Scientist Is First Woman to Win Geology’s Storied Wollaston Medal - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

BBC News - US set 'to take very significant step' on climate

BBC News - US set 'to take very significant step' on climate

La IPCC reitera que los humanos perjudicamos el medio ambiente


La Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) comenta el nuevo Informe (PDF) del Panel Intergubernamental sobre Cambio Climático de las Naciones Unidas (IPCC) que concluye que está claro que el deterioro medioambiental que se está viendo en el mundo tiene clara intervención humana. Esta declaración se tiene que continuar repitiendo ya que todavía existen tantos, demasiados, que cuestionan que los humanos están impactando el medio ambiente.

El informe identifica ocho grandes riesgos que ven de este deterioro medioambiental. Estos riesgos son los siguentes:

Ver Artículo completo: http://www.elblogsalmon.com/entorno/la-ipcc-reitera-que-los-humanos-perjudicamos-el-medio-ambiente

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Australia abandons disastrous green tax on emissions - Telegraph

Australia abandons disastrous green tax on emissions - Telegraph

Australia kills off carbon tax | Environment | theguardian.com

Australia kills off carbon tax | Environment | theguardian.com

Carbon Tax | The Facts about the Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax | The Facts about the Carbon Tax

BBC News - Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

BBC News - Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax - WSJ

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax - WSJ

Reducción de emisiones contaminantes en Perú generaría inversiones por S/. 7,300 millones - Economía | Gestión


Según estudio del proyecto Planificación ante el Cambio Climático (PlanCC), las dos terceras partes de esa inversión podrían ser generadas por el sector privado.

El proyecto Planificación ante el Cambio Climático (PlanCC), impulsado por el gobierno del Perú, presentó un estudio en el que se revela que reducir las emisiones contaminantes en el país podría generar la ejecución de inversiones por S/. 7,300 millones, de los cuales las dos terceras partes podrían ser movilizadas por el sector privado.

El PlanCC está presidido por un Comité Directivo conformado por el Ministerio del Ambiente (Minam), el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MRE), el Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (MEF) y el Centro Nacional de Planeamiento Estratégico (Ceplan).

Ver Artículo completo: Reducción de emisiones contaminantes en Perú generaría inversiones por S/. 7,300 millones - Economía | Gestión

4 Ways World Leaders Can Win at the Climate Leaders Summit


Leaders from the world’s top 17 developed and developing economies will gather on July 11 for the Major Economies Forum, or MEF, in Paris, knowing they must return to this city in 2015 to finalize a global climate agreement. World leaders must dig deep now to set in motion near-term actions that support low-carbon economic growth and deliver a climate deal strong enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.

The science has never been clearer. Countries must take action now to reduce heat-trapping pollution over the next decades; only then can they avoid the crushing costs of more severe floods, droughts, sea-level rise, and other extreme weather events driven by steadily rising global temperatures. A new report from the Risky Business Project estimates that the costs of climate change could rise to hundreds of billions of dollars by 2100. The study reveals the wide-ranging financial risks of climate inaction, including the more than $50 billion worth of coastal assets likely to be underwater by 2050 as sea levels continue to rise, and the expected 50 percent to 70 percent drop in crop yields over the next decade alone. The latter will cost corn and wheat farmers in the American Southeast, Great Plains, and Midwest tens of billions of dollars.

See full Article: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2014/07/08/93383/4-ways-world-leaders-can-win-at-the-climate-leaders-summit/

Sustainability Essentials Training - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Sustainability Essentials Training - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Company Donates 330,000 Bed Nets to Help Fight Malaria in Africa - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Company Donates 330,000 Bed Nets to Help Fight Malaria in Africa - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

La Moncloa. El Consejo de Ministros mejora el gobierno corporativo de las empresas [Consejo de Ministros/Resúmenes]

La Moncloa. El Consejo de Ministros mejora el gobierno corporativo de las empresas [Consejo de Ministros/Resúmenes]

How can we feed a world of 9 billion?


How can we produce enough food for the world’s burgeoning population without destroying the environment?

In this World Economic Forum video, Professor Charles Godfray, a population biologist at the University of Oxford, asks how we can create a sustainable food system that can feed a future population of 9 billion people.

See full Press Release: http://forumblog.org/2014/07/video-can-feed-world-9-billion/

Understanding Environmental Policy | Steven Cohen

Understanding Environmental Policy | Steven Cohen

England 'exposed' to climate risks


England is still not doing enough to tackle the risks from climate change, government advisers say.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says three-quarters of existing flood defences are inadequately maintained because of a cash shortage.

Rules to avoid floods affecting new developments have also been delayed.

The government says it has offered an extra £270m to repair storm-damaged defences and is committed to adapting infrastructure to extreme weather.

See full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28214685

Sustainability Management Alum Works to Bring Electric Vehicles to NYC – State of the Planet

Sustainability Management Alum Works to Bring Electric Vehicles to NYC – State of the Planet

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

EU spending on renewable energy needs improvements to enhance its contribution to policy goals, say EU Auditors

http://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/NewsItem.aspx?nid=4990

Northeast Already Hit by Climate Change, Says Major U.S. Report - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Northeast Already Hit by Climate Change, Says Major U.S. Report - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins


China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.

They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

However, during the convention's standing committee meeting in Geneva, China reportedly said that it still banned tiger bones.

See full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28258595

California Drought: State's Flawed Water System Can't Track Usage

California Drought: State's Flawed Water System Can't Track Usage

Monday, July 14, 2014

Environment: Commission takes Spain to Court over non-compliant landfills and high-speed rail link

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-814_en.htm

UK admits that air quality targets will be missed by 20 years


The air quality in some of the UK's biggest cities is unlikely to meet EU standards before 2030, according to the government.

Member states were supposed to meet targets on pollutants from diesel cars and trucks by 2010.

The nitrogen dioxide (NO2) they produce is linked to a range of respiratory ailments.

See full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28255246

Commission takes Portugal to Court over waste water treatment

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-815_en.htm

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures?


On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo exhorts us to move away from our current farming system

On today's United Nations biodiversity day, we are being asked to focus on small islands and their unique ecology and fragility in times of globally pervasive threats such as climate change.

But, the whole planet is a small island in the vast sea of space, capable of producing food for all as a consequence of rich biodiversity. That diversity is under threat, our actions can strengthen it or weaken it. Our agriculture systems can help mitigate climate change and feed us, or they can accelerate the change and contribute to hunger.

See full Article: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/food-system-monocultures-gm-un-diversity-day

Women in technology: no progress on inequality for 10 years | Technology | theguardian.com

Women in technology: no progress on inequality for 10 years | Technology | theguardian.com

Global Warming Threatens More Deadly Everest-like Avalanches

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/global-warming-threatens-more-deadly-everest-avalanches-n109806

Walmart: the corporate empire's big step for sustainability | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com

Walmart: the corporate empire's big step for sustainability | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com

They Tried to Warn Us About “Green” Vehicles Decades Ago

They Tried to Warn Us About “Green” Vehicles Decades Ago

Friday, July 11, 2014

Environmental VP Lisa Jackson Discusses Apple's Carbon Footprint Balancing Act

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/22/apple-jackson-carbon-footprint/

We must make the most of “green” job opportunities, says EU


The EU has outlined a plan to maximise job opportunities in environment-friendly sectors and support workers as the economy becomes “greener”.

“Green” jobs – involving working with information, technologies or materials that help the environment – are among the fastest growing in Europe.

They include jobs in:

  • recycling
  • biodiversity
  • insulation to increase energy efficiency
  • improving air quality
  • renewable energy technologies.
See full Press Release: http://ec.europa.eu/news/employment/140702_en.htm

Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures | Environment | theguardian.com

Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures | Environment | theguardian.com

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park | Environment | theguardian.com

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park | Environment | theguardian.com

El plan europeo para maximizar los trabajos verdes




La Unión Europea (UE) ha anunciado un plan para maximizar las oportunidades de empleo en los sectores de medio ambiente y también ayudar las oportunidades de los trabajadores a medida que la economía se cumple la transición a una economía más "verde".
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-765_en.htm

Sectores de puestos verdes


Puestos de trabajo "verdes" - que implican el trabajo con información, tecnologías y materiales que ayudan al medio ambiente - están entre los trabajos de más rápido crecimiento en Europa. Estos trabajos de más crecimiento está situados en las siguientes áreas:

Ver Artículo completo: http://www.elblogsalmon.com/mundo-laboral/el-plan-europeo-para-maximizar-los-trabajos-verdes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Greenpeace USA's new leader: 'You don't have to chain yourself to something'


One of the first things Annie Leonard was asked on being named the new leader of Greenpeace USA this month was: are you willing to get arrested?

“I said: 'Absolutely! I just need to figure out who is going to drive the car pool',” Leonard told The Guardian. “It's going to be interesting being a single mum doing this,” she said.

The last time Leonard worked for Greenpeace, over 20 years ago, the campaign group was known – only half-jokingly – as “boys and their boats”, because of its reputation for dangerous, high-visibility actions.

See full Article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/23/-sp-greenpeace-usa-leader-annie-leonard

National landmarks threatened by climate change

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/05/20/national-landmarks-climate-change/9281341/

Richard Scudamore's apology reveals how deep sexism is entrenched in football | Life and style | theguardian.com

Richard Scudamore's apology reveals how deep sexism is entrenched in football | Life and style | theguardian.com

¿Qué hacer con los hipopótamos de Pablo Escobar? - BBC Mundo - Noticias

¿Qué hacer con los hipopótamos de Pablo Escobar? - BBC Mundo - Noticias

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Kerry calls on U.S. college graduates to face down climate change

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-usa-kerry-climatechange-idUSBREA4I0GY20140519

What's the Big Idea? Fix the Cities. The Rest Will Follow - Bloomberg

What's the Big Idea? Fix the Cities. The Rest Will Follow - Bloomberg

La bicicleta que cabe en un maletín - Libertad Digital Televisión

La bicicleta que cabe en un maletín - Libertad Digital Televisión

Is Climate a Material Risk? Here’s What Companies Are Really Reporting


How many companies think climate change will have a material impact on their business? Not too many, apparently. Roughly half of the 3,000 biggest publicly traded companies in the U.S. say mum’s the word, reporting zilch in their annual filings to U.S. regulators.

A new online tool makes it easy to find which companies are disclosing climate-change risks -- both the direct impacts to the environment and indirect risks from tougher curbs on pollution. The tool, created by investment-advisory group Ceres and CookESG Research, scours SEC filings of the biggest American companies, included in the Russell 3000 index.

See full Article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-30/is-climate-a-material-risk-here-s-what-companies-are-really-reporting.html