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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
Beth Bernstein, April 13, 2012

Eat less meat to prevent climate disaster, study warns…

Fertilisers used in growing feed crops for cattle produce the most potent of the greenhouse gases causing climate change

A study published in Environmental Research Letters warns that drastic changes in food production and at the dinner table are needed by 2050 in order to prevent catastrophic global warming.

It’s arguably the most difficult challenge in dealing with climate change: how to reduce emissions from food production while still producing enough to feed a global population projected to reach 9 billion by the middle of this century.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/13/less-meat-prevent-climate-change

More on the impact of food prodction on climate change below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37vHi9j8e9s
Beth Bernstein
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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Jessie Rhodes, April 13, 2012

Great Barrier Reef ‘not so great’:

“So the question is: why has coral cover continued to decline when the Great Barrier Reaf is being managed with a management regime often recognised as ‘the best managed coral reef system in the world’, based on a strong science-for-management ethic?”

In a nut shell, the stressors which are known to be most responsible for the loss of coral cover and general ‘reef health’ were terrestrial pollution including the link to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish, fishing impacts and climate change.

And effective action on climate change has yet to begin either nationally or globally.
http://sciencealert.com.au/news/20121204-23307.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKikZ1CTi84
Jessie Rhodes
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Bert Breton, April 13, 2012

The fight to save the Amazon just enlisted a global sports superstar, Ricardo Kaká. The current Real Madrid striker and Brazilian national starter has joined Greenpeace to support zero deforestation of the Amazon.

While soccer still has a way to go in the USA, there isn’t a kid in the world (outside the USA) who doesn’t know who Kaká is. Let’s hope Kaká’s star power makes our future generations understand that Amazon deforestation must not be tolerated.

http://www.xperedon.com/news_1166

http://youtube.com/watch?v=S1PWnluCqAs
Bert Breton
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  • Sophie V-USA Sophie V-USA Oct. 5, 2012
    This is awesome! I'm so happy to see a person with wide influence promote environmentalism! It would be neat to have an organization or coalition of people with influence form an environmentalism group or does one already exist?

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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Ayana Helebo, April 13, 2012

Andrew Dosunmu is one of the coolest Nigerian independent filmmakers. His latest film, Restless City, tells the story of young, nomadic Senegalese immigrant, Djbirl (played by Sy Alassane), an aspiring musician, struggling to survive on the fringes of New York City. When he falls in love with a prostitute (Jamaican-born model/actress Nicole Grey) who works for the local loan shark. This is a story of love and survival with some amazing photography!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z4VjY0h4YuI
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Jenny Davison, April 12, 2012

If there is anyone in the Chicago area, the following Presentation next week looks like it is directly related to the subjects we’ll be learning in the course! Thought I’d pass it along…

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the John G. Shedd Aquarium present:

What: Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink

When: Thursday, April 19th, 2012
5:00pm Reception & Registration
6:00pm Presentation

Where: Northwestern University Chicago Campus
Hughes Auditorium
303 East Superior

Non member fees: $10 Advance Reg / $15 Door / $5 Student

Abstract:
There are many serious threats facing our oceans today. Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink will explore two of these merging issues. First, ocean acidification: over the last decade scientists have shown that human-caused increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are affecting the chemistry of our oceans, altering the main food web and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. Second, commercial fishing: in recent years scientists have also estimated that the global supply of wild-caught seafood will run out by the year of 2048 unless stronger fishery management practices are implemented. Join C2ST and leading area marine scientists as they discuss these two ocean issues and what we as consumers can do to have a positive impact in addressing them.

Speakers:
Allen LaPointe, Vice President of Environmental Quality, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Kassia Perpich, Sustainable Seafood Manager, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Topic Resources:
Could acidification threaten Great Lakes?
Changing the Chemistry of Earths Oceans
Oceans Warming
Eating Sustainable Seafood in Chicago
Fishing for sustainable seafood on menus

http://c2st.org/programs-c%c2%b2st/oceans%e2%80%99-health-an-ecosystem-on-the-brink

Jenny Davison
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Jenny Davison, April 12, 2012

If there is anyone in the Chicago area, the following Presentation next week looks like it is directly related to the subjects we’ll be learning in the course! Thought I’d pass it along…

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the John G. Shedd Aquarium present:

What: Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink

When: Thursday, April 19th, 2012
5:00pm Reception & Registration
6:00pm Presentation

Where: Northwestern University Chicago Campus
Hughes Auditorium
303 East Superior

Non member fees: $10 Advance Reg / $15 Door / $5 Student

Abstract:
There are many serious threats facing our oceans today. Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink will explore two of these merging issues. First, ocean acidification: over the last decade scientists have shown that human-caused increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are affecting the chemistry of our oceans, altering the main food web and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. Second, commercial fishing: in recent years scientists have also estimated that the global supply of wild-caught seafood will run out by the year of 2048 unless stronger fishery management practices are implemented. Join C2ST and leading area marine scientists as they discuss these two ocean issues and what we as consumers can do to have a positive impact in addressing them.

Speakers:
Allen LaPointe, Vice President of Environmental Quality, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Kassia Perpich, Sustainable Seafood Manager, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Topic Resources:
Could acidification threaten Great Lakes?
Changing the Chemistry of Earths Oceans
Oceans Warming
Eating Sustainable Seafood in Chicago
Fishing for sustainable seafood on menus

http://c2st.org/programs-c%c2%b2st/oceans%e2%80%99-health-an-ecosystem-on-the-brink

Jenny Davison
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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Bob Butterworth, April 12, 2012

Poverty And Obesity: Breaking The Link :

To address this health crisis, attention must be focused on a key issue that lies at the core of the epidemic: the social inequities of obesity. A significant body of scientific evidence links poverty with higher rates of obesity. Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive study conducted thus far to document the nutritional status of the U.S. population, has found that low-income children and adolescents are more likely to be obese than their higher income counterparts [4]. Additionally, reports have shown a higher prevalence of obesity among low-income adults.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-blumenthal/poverty-obesity_b_1417417.html?ref=politics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boZ50XHT45M
Bob Butterworth
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Discussions Discussion Medicine and Public Health in American Histor…
Sami Rourke, April 12, 2012

Dr. Lester Breslow dies at 97; UCLA dean was ‘Mr. Public Health’

Breslow played a key role in medicine’s transition from an emphasis on simply treating disease to a much broader effort to prevent it. Medicine focused “almost exclusively on communicable diseases when I started” in the 1940s, he recently recalled. “I felt public health needed a broader vision.”

Most physicians today would recognize that it is just as important to prevent disease, particularly diabetes, heart conditions and other chronic illnesses, as it is to treat them. But when Breslow began his work, his concerns were met with skepticism and outright disdain.

http:// http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-lester-breslow-20120412,0,1851183.story
Sami Rourke
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Discussions Discussion Medicine and Public Health in American Histor…
Jenny Knuthsen, April 11, 2012

Warning over online ‘smart drugs’ that can kill:

The report entitled Human Enhancement Drugs – The Emerging Challenges to Public Health charts unprecedented growth over the past few years in the usage of such drugs, sourced from a vast and illicit market.

Many users do not fit the stereotype druggy and come from respectable background but believe ordinary characteristics need improving.

Professor Mark Bellis, co-author and Director of the North West Public Health Observatory and Centre for Public Health, said: “We are seeing a redefinition of what health means. For many, the consequences of a natural ageing process are no longer acceptable.

For other perfectly healthy people, they feel their strength, intelligence or looks still require treatment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5HvuLln5lU
Jenny Knuthsen
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Discussions Discussion April 10 - Energy & health: fossil fuels …
HHGEC, April 10, 2012

Two clarifications from today’s class -
1) the GHG emissions flowsheet _IS_ weighted to CO2 equivalents. See http://cait.wri.org/figures/World-FlowChart.pdf
2) The data presented in the natural gas production map was from the CIA world fact book.

HHGEC
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