Foundation News Archives: January 2015

Jan 28, 2015
The world must have an enforceable mandatory global climate agreement instead of relying on voluntary greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) pledges and a patchwork of bilateral agreements.* Global GHG emissions are rising ever more rapidly today, and carbon dioxide concentrations are already at their...Read more >
Jan 25, 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards are based around the principles of sustainability and health. In addition, organic farming has many environmental advantages when compared to conventional farming. Organic farming supports biodiversity and soil health, decreases nutrient runoff and has the ability to mitigate climate change. These science-based facts are missed in Henry Miller’s opinion piece “Why Organic Isn’t Sustainable” published in Forbes magazine. Several of Miller’s points lack sources, and when citations are provided, they often link to papers that do not support his claims. In fact, some of the studies he cites contradict his arguments. This is not the first time The Organic Center has responded to Miller’s opinion pieces. This piece, like his previous articles, should have been fact checked before published.Read more >
Jan 25, 2015
When a gigantic threat is staring you in the face, and you can't act upon it, it's safe to assume there's some sort of mental blockage happening. So what's the hangup? That's what a new report from ecoAmerica and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University's Earth Institute -- entitled Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication -- seeks to help us better understand.Read more >
Jan 24, 2015
In December 2014, several Switzer Fellows attended the COP20 events in Lima, Peru, and we are proud to feature Sarah Lupberger's and Dave Kramer's thoughts on the event.Read more >
Jan 22, 2015
Last October a number of Fellows and colleagues convened at the 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, California. A primary objective of the conference was to enhance connections between the science and management communities of the Delta to ensure a two-way flow of information on Delta environmental issues. Fellows at the conference included Stuart Siegel, Katrina Schneider, Jessica Davenport, Caitlin Crain, and Andrea Shephard.Read more >
Jan 21, 2015
In recent years we have seen enormous growth on our social media streams, particularly Twitter. With so many Fellows active on the service now, we thought it would be interesting to see who they think is worth following. The following are the top 50 answers from our recent Fellow poll on...Read more >

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