The speedup of climate change

first_imgWhat is the evidence for global climate change? How can it be combated? Can our political system respond effectively to the threat of catastrophic changes in the environment?Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering, addressed these questions with members of the Class of 2014, who filled Science Center B Friday (Aug. 27) for the 2010 Opening Days lecture. The talk, titled “Twilight of the Anthropocene? Confronting the Climate-Energy Challenge and the Future of Human Civilization,” was a preview of Schrag’s new course.After a short introduction and welcome from Professor Jay Harris, chair of Harvard’s Standing Committee on General Education, Schrag took the podium. He projected a graph of changes in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past 650,000 years. There have been increases in CO2 throughout the Earth’s history, he said, some of them quite abrupt. Yet even these took place over periods of around 10,000 years. Since fossil fuels became a major energy source only 150 years ago, however, carbon levels have skyrocketed to almost unprecedented levels. As a result, the global climate is now in uncharted territory.“We haven’t seen this in 35 million years, so we can’t make an accurate prediction,” he said. “The last time carbon levels looked like this, palm trees flourished in Wyoming.”Responding to critics who call climate change concerns alarmist, Schrag said that the danger for humanity is actually that science is too conservative. He said that scientists seek a “95 percent confidence interval” before making a claim about a phenomenon or its consequences. As a result, policymakers treat climate change as a “high-consequence, low-probability” event, even as the process accelerates.Schrag listed possible solutions to the problem — including conservation, alternative energy, and carbon capture and storage — but said that the biggest obstacles for humanity were political rather than technological. Wyoming, for instance, gets 95 percent of its electricity from coal, a major source of CO2 emissions, while Massachusetts gets only 25 percent of its power from it. Both states have two votes in the U.S. Senate, however, even though the population of Massachusetts is many times that of Wyoming. This makes it difficult to pass climate or energy legislation.“Politically, this is a big challenge,” he said. “There are winners and losers.”After his remarks, Schrag took questions from the audience, and members of the Class of 2014 were eager to engage him. One student, Michael Lukas, asked if policymakers ought to focus their efforts on conservation or on attempts to adapt to climate change.“We have to do both,” said Schrag, a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. “If we burn all the coal, we’re in real trouble. At the same time, we’re experiencing real climate change right now.”Student Nick Perkons asked if it was possible that atmospheric carbon would stabilize on its own, albeit at a very high level.“We know enough about the carbon cycle to know that CO2 will go up if we continue to burn fossil fuels,” Schrag replied. “I’ve got no problem with palm trees in Wyoming or crocodiles in Greenland. The problem is that we’re adapted to this world. So it’s about the rate of change.”The session was sponsored by the Harvard College Program in General Education.last_img read more

Driving global issues home

first_img The 2013 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism recipient, Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, addressed the audience about the current state of journalism in an analysis of both where the field stands today as well as the landscape of its future. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> In an ever-more-crowded media landscape, journalists and academics alike must think creatively about how to bring overlooked human rights issues to Americans’ attention, journalist Nicholas D. Kristof ’81 told a packed audience at the Harvard Kennedy School Tuesday.Perhaps no one has tackled the problem so enthusiastically — or with as big a megaphone — as Kristof, a New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, who was on hand at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum to accept the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.Kristof, who is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, was a natural choice for the honor, said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center. After all, he said, the Kennedy School prides itself on attracting students and thinkers with idealistic ambitions to change the world, and, “I would say that the journalist in our time who has done more to change the world than anyone is Nicholas Kristof.”In nearly three decades at the Times, Kristof has made a career of detailing how the world’s other half lives, bringing to light public health crises, systemic violence against women, and other global issues while reporting from locations as far-flung as Rwanda and China.But as Kristof made clear in his talk, even a star columnist with a major platform can see that getting Americans to care about, say, childhood nutrition in the developing world or warfare in the Congo is a tall order. Americans’ trust in their media has declined in recent decades, and their interest in other countries’ problems has waned as the United States faces challenges of its own.“The U.S. is trying to retreat a little bit from the rest of the world,” he said. Sept. 11 made the nation “unusually bold,” and it since has retreated toward its more isolationist roots. “We were attacked by foreign powers, and that made us look globally,” he said. “Now I think a combination of the economic downturn and just a weariness with [the wars in] Iraq and Afghanistan is leading us a little more inward.”Since the mainstream media’s business model “seems to be evaporating,” he said, major news organizations are less likely to sponsor international reporting. ABC News, for example, received $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to cover issues of global health and nutrition, but even the financial backing was not incentive enough, Kristof said. ABC declined to renew the deal, he said, because it thought viewers were not interested in such stories.“That’s a huge challenge for our industry,” Kristof said. “If any of us was executive producer of a show, you would know you could send a crew a long way away at great expense and your ratings will go down, or you could put a Democrat and a Republican in the studio together and have them yell at each other, and your ratings will go up. That is, I’m afraid, going to be our landscape ahead.”As a columnist, he said, he once thought he would be able to “change people’s minds twice a week” on issues they already cared about. Over time, he realized the real strength of his platform lay in being able to highlight news in places that most Western readers overlook.“I hope we in journalism will continue to recognize that our great power is in laying out an agenda, shining a spotlight, rather than classic punditry,” he said.In bringing human-rights issues to light, journalists must do a better job of connecting with experts at universities, whose wisdom on public policy often goes unheard in favor of pronouncements from think tanks, he said. But responsibility goes both ways, he added.“Academia, particularly in academic writing, has tended to marginalize itself,” Kristof said. “I wish [universities] would embrace social media more because it really is a way of reaching a broader platform.”Kristof was among many winners and nominees present at the Goldsmith Awards ceremony, an annual event, now in its 22nd year, that draws an all-star roster of often behind-the-scenes investigative reporters to honor the impact their work makes on public life.Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, and Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune received the $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Playing With Fire,” a series that exposed a deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to put toxic flame retardants into a number of home goods, despite the fact that the chemicals did not work as promised.“The impact of the series has been huge,” Jones said. “Historic state and federal government reforms are in the works, and the debate over toxic chemicals has been reshaped.” As a result of their reporting, he said, the U.S. Senate revived legislation to reform toxic chemical practices, and California moved to revamp its rules on the presence of dangerous chemicals in furniture sold nationwide.Two $5,000 Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded to books that improved the quality of government or politics through their examination of the press and politics’ role in creating public policy. Jonathan M. Ladd’s “Why Americans Hate the Media and How It Matters” received the award for the best academic book. Rebecca MacKinnon took the prize for best trade book for “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom.”Video: The 2013 Goldsmith Awards Ceremonylast_img read more

Rugby team prepares for intercollegiate season

first_imgFor sophomore Greg Allare, the challenges of playing on the Notre Dame men’s rugby club team are outweighed by the friendships between its team members. “The guys I play with and the fun of the sport make every hour of work worth it,” Allare said. The team consists of approximately 50 students who practice year round and play non-divisional games in the fall and the College Division IA in the spring. Allare said the practices and games are often demanding. “Rugby is not a small commitment,” he said. “The physical toll alone is huge, not to mention the countless hours on the field and in the weight room that [the sport] requires to play at a high level.” Junior Ryan Mitchell agreed that one of the biggest challenges of the sport is recovering from a game. “Everyone on the field just takes a beating, so it’s really hard to get up the next morning when you can’t walk,” he said. The team has a busy practice schedule during the week and plays games on Fridays or Saturdays. “We practice three times a week with a workout on Tuesday and then a yoga session on Thursday,” Mitchell said. “Although we have something going on every day, people miss practice due to class work occasionally, and the coaches understand.” Because the team’s intercollegiate season occurs in the spring, junior David Penberthy said the commitment will increase next semester. “Last year, we came back a week early from Winter Break and stayed on campus for Spring Break to make sure we were sharp,” he said. Penberthy said the team has been performing well in recent years. “Since our coach, Sean O’Leary, got here four years ago, we’ve been on quite a rise,” he said. “We started out in Division II and have made our way up to Division IA, the highest level of college rugby.” Last year the team had a 3-3 record, beating LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. The team is 0-2 this season, with losses to Davenport and Air Force. “This year may be more of a challenge because we lost 16 seniors and are breaking in a multitude of freshmen and new players,” Penberthy said. Allare, who joined the team in August, said the unfamiliar rules are the greatest struggle of learning the sport. “Rugby is great because it is an easy sport to pick up, but there’s still a lot of rules that I’m sure I break every time I play,” he said. “I’m not too worried though because I’ve only been playing the sport for six weeks.” Despite the challenges, Allare said joining the team was the best decision he has made since he has been at Notre Dame. “I can’t tell you how happy I am that I decided to join the team,” he said. “I just started playing, and I already am great friends with the entire team.” Mitchell agreed that the most rewarding aspect of rugby is meeting new people. “You meet kids that aren’t in your dorm or your classes,” he said. “It’s a different group of guys.” Allare said the team has already improved an incredible amount over the past few weeks. “We play with a lot of heart and passion and we know that’s what is going to get us some huge wins in the end,” he said.last_img read more

Riverkeeper Beer Series Comes to WNC

first_imgDo you ever sit at work and think, “wouldn’t it be cool to be drinking beer on the river?” I have learned not to leave such important things to fate, which is why we’ve kicked off a new Riverkeeper beer series for this summer. Each month the French Broad Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are partnering with a brewery and outdoor gear manufacturer to create a beer, hold a river cleanup, and paddle all the way down the French Broad River, one section at a time.IMG_0393In May we helped Oskar Blues brew a session pale ale called “Riverkeep it Real”, (aka we poured and stirred some stuff while drinking beer.)  The backup name was “Riverkeep Like It’s 1999”. Pretty solid either way. We also drank this tasty beer while lounging in ENO hammocks at the brewery.IMG_4023June’s beer collaboration was extra-easy because Catawba Brewing Co. and Astral were our partners, and as it turns out they had already created a very tasty beer, the Bootie Beer. So if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Everyone did a great job of drinking lots of Bootie Beer in June, which means we get to keep the lights on and keep cleaning up the river.IMG_4006July’s saison brew with Blue Ghost Brewing Co. in Fletcher will be released this Saturday. We will start the day hauling tires out of Cane Creek and our reward for this dirty work, will be the first taste of our latest collaboration, with a really cool up and coming brewery. Blue Ghost is a new brewery, but the folks there are turning out great beers. (At least they tasted great at 9:30am on the Monday morning I was drinking their beer.)So if you can’t figure out a way to sucker your boss into letting you paddle and drink beer, then come join us and pretend.For more information or to register for any upcoming events go to read more

4 strategies that inspire ownership at every level

first_imgTwo weeks ago, I was the opening speaker for a CEO and C-Suite Professionals Conference – virtual of course. Executives from all over the country were online, and the theme of the event was employee engagement and succession planning. Specifically, what does it take in today’s business environment to develop and implement the perfect succession plan?The agenda was packed, and the event organizers had brought in consultants, coaches, and a wide variety of experts from all over the world. They talked and demonstrated the latest tools and resources to lead succession plans and design strong organizational structures. While the information was amazing, there was just one problem. Just one question that was left unanswered, and just one critical piece of the succession planning equation that needed to be answered.I discovered it when I was researching and writing my own keynote. I had interviewed several of the attendees, and a few of the board members of the association.  I wanted to know what the most significant challenges my audience was facing, what opportunities they were focusing on, and what, if anything, did they want or need from this virtual conference.As it turns out, the one thing they needed was the one thing these coaches, consultants, and experts were not addressing; How to get your employees to engage in succession planning.While having the right tools, investing in the strategies, and creating an inviting culture, all does a lot to move your succession plan forward, the CEO’s realized that while they could create a culture of succession and engagement, they had no control over whether their employees were motivated to participate in it.So, their big question was how do we get our teams engaged in succession planning? How do we inspire them to step up to the plate and take ownership?For succession planning to work or have any hope of actually being implemented, employees need to engage. Succession planning, to be effective, is a two-way street with both sides (leadership and team) as passionate as the other about the success of the succession strategy. 4 Strategies To Inspire Ownership In Your Succession PlanHave a plan – First and foremost, you have to have a plan, a strategy for why you need a succession plan, what you hope to accomplish and precisely how you are going to do it. You need to know what positions you need a succession plan for, those that are most urgent, and whom you have identified to be in the initial phase of your succession plan. In other words what is the end goal, who needs to be involved, what do they need to know, and what is everyone’s role and responsibility. When you can answer those questions effectively you have a solid and strong plan. Communicate the plan – With a clear plan of how you are going to accomplish your succession plan you are ready to communicate it. Communication is key to getting people to understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how they can get involved. You need a strategy for communication to ensure you are clear, consistent and effective. Always remember you can never communicate your succession plan too often or too much. So don’t be afraid to repeat it, talk about it often, and ask the team for input and feedback. Provide training and development – If you want your team to engage in your succession plan, then you need to give them the tools and skills to do that. Providing them with the things they need to be successful fuels people to action. When you invest in training and development, you send a loud message to your team that you are vested, serious and fully committed. Also, if you want your team to invest in your succession plan then it is smart to begin by investing in them. Feedback and adjust – Ask, listen, learn, and adjust. If you want your team to engage with your succession plan, then you need to allow your team the opportunity to be a part of creating, developing and improving it. Asking for feedback and listening tells the team you care and that their future is important to you. Look across your organization to the key stakeholders, those employees that you both want as part of the succession plan, but also those that hold influence with your team (they are not always the same.) Get them involved and engaged at every step – the planning, the communication, the training and development. People support what they help create. Building a strong succession plan is essential to the future of your company. However, to get it to work, you need to make sure you include the most crucial part of your plan – your employees. By the end of this conference, we solved the biggest issue – getting your team on board. With a little help from my audience, and understanding of their biggest pain points, we were able to focus on the most important part of succession planning – getting your team engaged! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meridith Elliott Powell Named One Of The Top 15 Business Growth Experts To Watch, Meridith Elliott Powell, is a leadership and sales expert, who helps her clients learn the strategies they need to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Patrice Evra and Graeme Souness hail ‘amazing’ Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal beat Sheffield United

first_imgAdvertisement Two in four minutes for #AFC!Pepe doubles the hosts’ lead and it looks a long way back for #SUFC… 📺 Watch on Sky Sports Main Event📱 Follow #ARSSHU here:📲 Download the @SkySports app!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 4, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 4:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.9kShares Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises SakaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 14:00FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheff Utd, praises Saka is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I am trying to do my best when the boss picks me. I try to repay the trust.‘We gave so much credit to Sheffield United as they are a good side. We are happy to get the points.’Following the international break, Arsenal face Manchester City at the Etihad.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka reveals why he rejected Nigeria for EnglandMORE: Why Houssem Aouar decided to shelve Arsenal transfer and stay at Lyon Patrice Evra hailed ‘amazing’ Nicholas Pepe after Arsenal beat Sheffield United (Picture: Sky Sports)Patrice Evra and Graeme Souness hailed ‘amazing’ Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal beat Sheffield United in the Premier League.The Gunners clinched their third win from four league games this season on Sunday, beating Sheffield United 2-1 at the Emirates.After a goalless opening 60 minutes in north London, Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross.Just minutes later Pepe – who joined Arsenal in a club-record deal worth £72million in the summer of 2019 – made a superb run down the right wing and then slotted into the bottom corner to double the lead.ADVERTISEMENTSheffield United’s David McGoldrick got one back for the visitors late on but Arsenal held on for a deserved victory that sees them climb to fourth in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementFollowing the match, Premier League legends Evra and Souness both heaped praise on Pepe.‘There was big pressure on him [when he arrived at Arsenal],’ former Manchester United and France defender Evra told Sky Sports. ‘When I came to the Premier League, my mistake was to think that I would be a beautiful player [immediately].‘Because actually you have to spend some time in the gym and get stronger. That’s what Pepe needs to do.‘But he’s an amazing player. He scored many goals in the French league and I have a lot of respect for the French league.Souness added on Pepe’s goal: ‘That looks simple, but he’s going flat-out there.center_img Pepe scored a superb goal as Arsenal defeated Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)‘I think there’s a real player in there. Hopefully he can establish himself and continue to get used to the intensity of the Premier League.’Arsenal star Saka, meanwhile, said after the 2-1 victory: ‘All the things that have happened to me. I feel blessed. I’m a happy man.‘I don’t get a lot of headers but it fell perfectly for me. I told Hector what a cross it was. It is the kind of patterns we work on. Advertisement Comment Patrice Evra and Graeme Souness hail ‘amazing’ Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal beat Sheffield Unitedlast_img read more

South Korea’s moon bears slaughtered for medicine

first_imgSlaughtering bears for their bile is legal in South Korea.KOREA NATIONAL PARK SERVICE It is legal in South Korea to slaughter the bears for their bile. The only other country which allows this is China. The demand almost wiped out Korea’s native bear population and now campaigners believe the coronavirus pandemic has shown the potential risks of using wild animal parts as medicine. (BBC) Animal rights campaigners are asking the South Korean president for help to save hundreds of the country’s caged moon bears. More than 400 bears are being kept on farms across the country. They’re waiting to be killed for their parts which some people use as medicine.last_img read more

Ronaldo shows off new hairdo, seeks fans approval

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More He recently returned to training with Juventus Football Club in Italy after spending two months in lockdown.Advertisement Loading… center_img And Cristiano Ronaldo debuted a new hairdo on Instagram on Tuesday as he showed off his longer locks.The footballer, 35, has normally kept his hair in a cropped style but has let it grow longer in recent months, with his tresses now going down past his eyes in length.The sports star uploaded a snap of himself in a grey T-shirt as he stared into the camera with unruly hair.Cristiano appeared to be seeking the advice of his followers on the ‘do as he captioned the photo with: ‘Approved?’Switching things up: It comes after Cristiano debuted a new hairdo as his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez braided his man bun on TuesdayThe athlete has been sporting a man bun as of late, sharing numerous snaps of the look to his social media, even letting his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez braid his long locks on Tuesday.In a snap shared to the model’s Instagram account, the footballer sat between his 26-year-old partner’s legs as she helped transform his look after a long day of work.Style: The athlete has been sporting a man bun as of late, sharing numerous snaps of the look to his social mediaRead Also: Messi facing a losing battle against Cristiano RonaldoPraising the sportsman’s patience, the dancer penned: ‘I love to pamper my loves This afternoon practicing root braids (This model knows how to stay still).’The brunette beauty looked typically radiant as she went make-up free and sported clingy pink gymwear by Alo Yoga.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Serie A giants lead race to sign Dutch forward

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Loading… Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas stated last week that his opposite number Josep Bartomenu confirmed Barcelona could not afford the former Manchester United forward. Reports from Sky Italia, via Diario AS, claim Stefano Pioli’s side will now make a move for Depay, as part of deal which could see Lucas Paqueta moving in the opposite direction. Serie A giants AC Milan have emerged as the new favourites to sign Barcelona transfer target Memphis Depay. Ronald Koeman has been heavily linked with a move for his former Dutch international star, with Lyon rumoured to be open to a €30m offer.Advertisement Read Also: Guardiola: My commitment remains the same on MessiDepay has confirmed his intention not to sign a contract extension beyond the end of his current one, which expires in July 2021, with Paqueta under contract at the San Siro until 2023.However, the Brazilian international has struggled to command a first team spot in Milan, with just 24 league starts and one goal during his two seasons in Italy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Police Blotter 12-14-19

first_imgFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more