Monthly Archives: July 2014
Despite some drawbacks, the recent Time Magazine list of the top 100 influential people in the world (see May 5-12 edition) makes interesting reading. No definition is provided for what ‘influential’ actually means, though it is clear, from the brief biographical sketches provided for those on the list, that some individuals have been included because they have really and substantially ‘made a difference’ through changing what many others think, say and do, or how they feel, or their state of wellbeing.
Others seem to have been included on the basis that they are heads of state, affecting large populations, or have extraordinary numbers of followers (e,g., via Facebook), or have developed widgets or systems used by so many of us. Read the rest of this entry
Once widespread throughout Australia, the Night Parrot was considered extinct with no confirmed sightings for over 100 years. After years of searching, Naturalist John Young has turned the birding world upside down with confirmed sightings of this iconic species and shared the ups and downs of his 15 year quest at a presentation featuring SC Co Founder Graham Pyke.
SC Co-Founder Professor Graham Pyke has spoken on A Question of Balance (AQOB), a weekly broadcast on 107.3fm. Graham discusses Sustainability Central, our future vision and how sustainability affects people from all walks of life.
It’s about 18 months now until the Paris climate showdown.
The good news is that there’s quite a lot happening. The clarifying science, for example, is no longer easily denigrated. The IPCC’s 2C carbon budgets, the new age of “extreme weather,” the fate of the Arctic, these can no longer be cast as fervid speculations. Denialism – at least classic denialism – has peaked. This is a time of consequences, and we all know it. Read the rest of this entry
During the past year, the United States imported a total of about 6.6 million barrels of crude oil each day, at a price approaching $110 per barrel. That outlay –annually a large share of a trillion dollars — is a tax paid to the nations from which the oil comes – including Russia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran. These nations are not our best friends in the world, and accordingly offer some risks to our national security. But other nations are more vulnerable than we, because this economic reality is one we share with the oil importing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America – regions that house some of the world’s poorest people. Read the rest of this entry
Prof. Smith is a professor of Global Environmental Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
The fracking furor over shale gas is the latest in a series of environmental debates that have bedeviled the oil and gas industry in spite of what might be considered an enviable record compared to related industries, coal for example. From off shore spills to the Keystone Pipeline, the industry probably feels a bit set upon at times. Similarly, its products are often the focus of environmental concern and consequent strict regulation, for example diesel air pollution. Finally, it often bears the brunt of concerns about carbon dioxide emissions leading to climate change risks. Read the rest of this entry