Planet Earth in the Anthropocene

In May of 2006, Al Gore’s now-classic climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth“ was released. Gore was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the U.N. Intergovernmen ... There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers ... The following reflects course work for the MOOC Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries offered by the University of Capetown, South Africa
Week 1:
Sustainable consumption patterns - a Super Wicked problem
Wee ...
Marching for science in the Anthropocene
For what you have tamed, you become responsible forever
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I ask the same question every year: how do we balance our sense of hope and despair? Another Earth Day rolls around and the ...
One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic
Be it from social unrest, economic upheaval, or environmental collapse, forced human migration is at unprecedented levels. ...
 The oblivious president
As Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an unprecedented four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi.

Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey ca ...
It’s the economy, stupid.
In 1992, political strategist James Carville coined his catchy admonition ostensibly to keep his staff on message ...
As COP21 wound down, excitement was in the air as the promise of a first-ever global climate agreement neared its dramatic conclusion.

On the way in to the Le Bourget conference site that day I shared an electric car ride ...
With the signing of the Paris Agreement at COP21 and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in September, 2015 was arguably a banner year for sustainable development ...

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