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Report from Marrakech »

By Feliciano Guimarães from Guimarães, Portugal (Patterns Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Last week, I was invited to join a kind of alternative conference running alongside COP22 in Marrakech. Unlike COP22, which was governments and NGOs in green rooms and blue rooms negotiating policy and agreements, the meeting I attended was a "Do-Fest," a collection of action-oriented people gathering to figure out what we can do without waiting for permission or incentives. With galleys of Whiplash and a refurbished violin in hand, I headed off to the meeting to give a presentation in the first...

Conversation with Peter Seligmann, the Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Conservation International »

I met Peter in Marrakech at a private meeting that he and others had organized during COP22. Peter is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder of Conservation International, one of the most effective conservation efforts I know of. I caught up with him on Thanksgiving after we were both back in the US. We talked about biodiversity, COP22, sustainability, conservation, indigenous people, climate change, complex systems and the theory of change. The audio is available on SoundCloud and iTunes....

Conversations with Christopher Filardi »

I met Christopher Filardi in Marrakech at a conference running along side of COP22. He's an evolutionary biologist and a conservation activist. I was fascinated with his description of the role of indigenous people in conservation. I recorded a short conversation that I had with him over Skype when I was in a lounge in Dubai Airport and he was at his home in Montana. Apologies for the poor quality of the video and audio. The audio is available on iTunes....

The nutrition/environment connection »

I went to meet Dean Ornish the other day with Larry. We talk about various things trying to tie together free culture and health. After the meeting, Dean Ornish gave us his new book, The Spectrum. While the book isn't focused primarily on this, Dean Ornish points out the relationship between nutrition and the environment which I found very interesting. ...according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's report Livestock's Long Shadow, animal-based agribusiness generates more greenhouse gasses than all transportation combined. The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as mesured in carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent than does transportatino...

Going off grid »

Yesterday, we started planning our veggie garden and started a compost bin. I'm trying to figure out what percentage of my total food intake I can grow at home. We have a relatively large yard by Japanese standards so most of this will be a matter of personal energy. I'm going to start small this year but try to increase my nutritional independence from commercial networks every year. My goal is to be able to cover nearly all of our fertilizer needs through the composting of all of our biodegradable garbage this year. Thinking through the various scenarios, I realized...

Carbon Credit Markets »

Today I heard a presentation by Michael Molitor from Climate Wedge. He is an expert on environmental issues and his company has created a fund that buys and sells "Voluntary Carbon Units" (VCUs). Carbon credits or Carbon Units are basically a unit that represents one metric ton of CO2 emissions. The EU has a market called a Compliance market where companies can buy credits to offset their EU Allowances. For example if company X only has an allowance of 100 tons of CO2 emissions, they have the choice of either buying carbon credits on the market or lowering their emissions...

Share The Truth »

I blogged about the movie An Inconvenient Truth after I saw a screening of it. I think that EVERYONE should see the film. There is now a site dedicated to getting more people to see it. Please take a look and direct people to it if you can....

an inconvenient truth »

I went to a screening of an inconvenient truth (IMDb). an inconvenient truth is a film directed by Davis Guggenheim about global warming and Al Gore's life long effort to learn about and educate the world about the reality and risk of global warming. My position on global warming had always been that it was probably a bad thing. Pollution was clearly increasing and it increased the risk of some non-linear event occurring. Having said that, I wasn't THAT concerned and thought that there was still some dispute in the scientific community. Watching this film has caused me to change...

Damn "Cool Biz" »

In an effort to cut down on energy consumption, Japan has implemented "Cool Biz". Cool biz facilities keep the temperature at around 28 degrees Celsius (approx 82.4 Fahrenheit) in the summer. It often feels hotter than that. In these offices, people don't wear suits. Most government buildings and many public facilities are now cool biz. First of all, 28 degrees is hot, even with a t-shirt. Second, when you travel around buildings requiring various dress codes, this system doesn't really work. This isn't a new thing, but it appears that it is being implemented with renewed vigor this year. I...

Masters of Remix - The Humpback Whale »

I sat next to Dr. Roger Payne at lunch. He talked to me about the songs of the Humpback Wales that he has been recording for decades. He is the authority of this field. He explained to me that Humpback Whales sang beautiful songs. They copy from each other, remixing the songs and add to the songs. These songs evolve over time and riffs get passed from whale to whale across the world. The songs have lots of interesting variations and even have rhymes. He made an interesting observation that the whale songs of the 60's were much more beautiful...

Tons of Carbon »

Sorry about the light blogging. I was participating in an interesting conference in Kyoto called Science and Technology in Society with a very interesting international mix of scientists, politicians and business people. There were lots of really interesting presentations from some really smart people. I'll try to post more later, but here are some notes from a lunch speech by Sherwood F. Rowland, Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry and Earth Systems, University of California at Irvine and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1995).The population of the world is about 6B now and it is expected that it will stabilize at...

Brainstorm 2004 notes - Bjorn Lomborg »

Bjorn Lomborg What if hospitals only dealt with patients who made the most fuss. That's what it seems like we do with global resource allocation for global problems. Why don't we prioritize? What if we had an extra$ 50Bn to allocate. What would you spend it on? HIV aids? Schools? Climate age? Malnutrition? We need rational basis on our spending. The Copenhagen Consensus was a group of leading economists who got together to try to prioritize based on best information available. What we would do: 1- Prevent HIV - $27Bn will save 29M lives 2- Micronutrients - $13Bn will help...

Brainstorm 2004 notes - Bill Joy »

Bill Joy I think there will be a crisis or catastrophic event that will take our attention away from terror or war and as a positive response may redefine our focus of the century. A global pandemic/epidemic - the positive response: New found respect for natural systems and focus on health. Environmental tip. A phase change with a irreversible climate change - the positive response: Understanding balance with natural systems. Over self-consumption like the oil supply - the positive response: Might help wastefulness and make it a century of efficiency....

Racing through Chernobyl »

A web site by a women who races her motorcycle through the Chernobyl "Ghost Town." Amazing photos.about town where one can ride with no stoplights, no police, no danger to hit some cage or some dog..via Markoff...

Sir Martin Rees on global warming and other things »

I sat next to Sir Martin Rees at dinner last night. He is the Royal Astronomer of the UK and the Master of Trinity College. I met him last year at the same dinner. He's amazingly smart and funny. Ever since I'd posted my entry on aviation and global warming, I've been trying to figure out how to get to the bottom of this issue. The journalists told me that they just cited experts and the trick was to find good experts. I figured Sir Martin Rees would probably have an educated and balanced view. Sir Martin Rees told me...
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