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The impact intrapraneurs: How Swiss Re and Oxfam joined forces to help African farmers | Ethical Corporation, Oct 2017
"In this guest blog, Karen Deignan of Net-Works interviews Christina Ulardic of Swiss Re and Marjorie Brans, formerly of Oxfam America, to find out how they worked together to create the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to tackle climate risk in Africa"

"The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative is a comprehensive risk-management initiative that helps smallholder farmers in Africa cope with the impacts of climate change. ...
R4 currently reaches over 40,000 farmers (about 200,000 people) in Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi and Zambia through a combination of four risk-management strategies: improved resource-management through asset creation (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking) and savings (risk reserves)."

"Swiss Re provided the insurance component, but there were other components designed to ensure farmers could grow their crops successfully, get access to micro-credit to buy more seeds, and build up some savings."
Oxfam  SwissRe  climate  resilience  interviews  climate-change  insurance  risk 
february 2019 by pierredv
EDF Announces Satellite Mission to Locate and Measure Methane Emissions | Environmental Defense Fund Apr 2018
"Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp today announced plans to develop and launch a new satellite purpose-built to identify and measure methane emissions from human-made sources worldwide, starting with the oil and gas industry. Data from MethaneSAT is intended to give both countries and companies robust data to spot problem areas, identify savings opportunities, and measure their progress over time."
EDF  space  satellite  remote-sensing  climate 
april 2018 by pierredv
Archaeologists Uncover Clues to Why Vikings Abandoned Greenland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century. But archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes."
history  Greenland  Scandinavia  climate  change  farming  hunting 
january 2013 by pierredv
Glacierworks
Time lapse of glacier disappearing, as well as gigapixel image of Mount Everest Base Camp
gigapixel  photography  climate  environment  Geography  science  glaciers 
december 2012 by pierredv
The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group
"Members of the public with the highest degrees of science literacy and technical reasoning capacity were not the most concerned about climate change. Rather, they were the ones among whom cultural polarization was greatest. This result suggests that public divisions over climate change stem not from the public’s incomprehension of science but from a distinctive conflict of interest: between the personal interest individuals have in forming beliefs in line with those held by others with whom they share close ties and the collective one they all share in making use of the best available science to promote common welfare."
climate  science  culture  NewScientist  NatureJournal 
june 2012 by pierredv
WeatherSpark | Interactive Weather Charts
WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth.
weather  visualization  web2.0  climate 
may 2011 by pierredv
Greenhouse gases: The cost of trade | The Economist
A paper just published in PNAS by Glen Peters and colleagues looks at how the world’s carbon emissions get reapportioned when the carbon used to make traded goods and services is charged against the account of the ultimate consumer, not the initial producer.
trade  environment  climate  via:martinweiss  TheEconomist 
may 2011 by pierredv
How not to change a climate sceptic's mind - Dan Kahan = 18 March 2011 - New Scientist
"Kahan grades people on two scales of cultural belief: individualists versus communitarians, based on the different importance people attach to the public good when balanced against individual rights; and hierarchists versus egalitarians, based on their views on the stratification of society. Republicans are more likely to be hierarchical-individualist, while Democrats are more often egalitarian-communitarian. People's views on contentious scientific issues tend to reflect their position on these scales. For example, egalitarian-communitarians tend to accept the evidence that climate change is a threat, while hierarchical-individualists reject it."
psychology  experiment  argumentation  climate  NewScientist  politics 
april 2011 by pierredv
Identifying Supply and Demand Elasticities of Agricultural Commodities: Implications for the US Ethanol Mandate
Michael J. Roberts, Wolfram Schlenker. NBER Working Paper No. 15921, April 2010.
US ethanol mandate increases world food prices by 30%, expanded growing area offsets biofuel CO2 benefit.
economics  agriculture  climate  food  x:NBER 
february 2011 by pierredv
Business Fumes Over Carbon Dioxide Rule - WSJ.com
At the heart of the fight over whether U.S. emission constraints should come from the EPA or Congress is a high-stakes issue: which industries will have to foot the bill for a climate cleanup.
x:wsj  climate  commerce  policy 
december 2009 by pierredv
Climate change: no Eden, no apocalypse - Mike Hulme, opinion - 07 September 2009 - New Scientist
Essay on how to use the idea of climate change to support various projects. Identifies "four enduring myths" to frame climate change debate: = Edenic = Apocalyptic = Promethean = Themisian Mike Hulme: "The value in identifying these mythical stories in our discourses about climate change is that they allow us to see climate change not as simply an environmental problem to be solved, but as an idea that is being mobilised in various ways around the world." "Having established that climate change is as much an idea as a physical phenomenon, we can deploy it in positive and creative ways." "It is important to note that these creative uses of the idea of climate change do not demand consensus over its meaning"
climate  environment  science  metaphor  NewScientist  myth  story  *** 
november 2009 by pierredv
The laughing-gas menace and other science news | Good Morning Silicon Valley
"In trying to fix one problem, we managed to make another problem worse. Nitrogen and chlorine compounds counteract each other's effect on ozone to some degree, and with the CFCs being purged from the atmosphere, the nitrous oxide is 50 percent more damaging than it had been. That darned Law of Unintended Consequences"
x:gmsv  unintended-consequences  complexity  climate 
august 2009 by pierredv
How Confucianism could curb global warming | csmonitor.com
Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism are reported to be part of the Chinese Communist Party's vision of a harmonious society, and could inform ecologically sustainable economic development in ways that are hard for traditional Western economic approaches that are premised on autonomous, rational individuals
climate  china  philosophy  economics 
july 2009 by pierredv
Green and mean: The downside of clean energy - environment - 21 April 2009 - New Scientist
The tough choices environmentalists are facing as green tech scales up. For example: "The problem is one of scale. Bigness is often an issue for greens, many of whom grew up reading one of the movement's key texts: E. F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful. They liked biofuel while it was about recycling cooking fat, but not when it became growing millions of hectares of palm oil in former Borneo rainforest. Solar panels on roofs are good, but covering entire deserts with them is another matter. They like small wind turbines and even small wind farms, but get very jumpy as wind power reaches industrial scale. Small may be beautiful, but it won't change the world. You can't generate vast amounts of green energy without large-scale engineering projects, which inevitably do some damage to the natural environment." Article also points out: = only big projects can deliver big quantities of renewable energy, and that's dividing the green movement. Green tech isn't cuddly any more.
climate  environment  politics  NewScientist 
june 2009 by pierredv
How to survive the coming century - environment - 25 February 2009 - New Scientist
"Four degrees may not sound like much - after all, it is less than a typical temperature change between night and day. It might sound quite pleasant [but] An average warming of the entire globe by 4 °C is a very different matter, however, and would render the planet unrecognisable from anything humans have ever experienced." See also map.
NewScientist  climate  apocalypse  apocalist 
april 2009 by pierredv
Going Green Means Going R&D = Breakthrough Institute blog
"The only way to solve the global warming problem is through support of a dramatically expanded and improved CO2 reduction R&D program"
via Rob Atkinson
R&D  research  climate 
december 2008 by pierredv
http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.html
via CS Monitor: "3-D avatar and construct a virtual neighborhood based on your food, energy, and transportation habits, etc. The calculator then tallies up how many planets it would take to sustain human life if everyone lived as you do. The good news: You'll find out ways you can make a not-so-big "impression" on the world."
climate  science  sustainability  CSMonitor 
november 2008 by pierredv
Researcher finds El Nino may have been factor in Magellan's Pacific voyage
"A new paper by North Carolina State University archaeologist Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick shows that Ferdinand Magellan’s historic circumnavigation of the globe was likely influenced in large part by unusual weather conditions – including what we now know as El Niño – which eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, but ultimately led him over a thousand miles from his intended destination."
history  climate  via:stumbleupon 
november 2008 by pierredv
NPR: The Settling of the Desert Nomads
slide show of impact of drought on the Tuareg
NPR  geography  climate 
july 2007 by pierredv

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