Thursday, October 30, 2014

Has anyone life cycle assessed this yet?

Virtual grocery shopping...


Went through a tad of training/introduction to "Collective Impact" recently. It is part of what i have been doing for years, but it was nice finding out it has a name/terminology etc. :)
Some resources,

Collective Impact Forum

And, in sections on this really interesting site:

Recommended for those who play connect the dots professionally.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Environment and Food

While researching this morning, ran into this interesting publication:

 "new rapid response assessment report released by UNEP warns that up to 25% of the world’s food production may become lost due to environmental breakdown by 2050 unless action is taken. Prepared by the Rapid Response Assessment Team at GRID-Arendal and UNEP-WCMC, the report provides the first summary by the UN of how climate change, water stress, invasive pests and land degradation may impact world food security, food prices and life on the planet and how we may be able to feed the world in a more sustainable manner. The report concludes that we need to get smart and more creative about recycling food wastes and fish discards into animal feed. While major efforts have gone into increasing efficiency in the traditional energy sector, food energy efficiency has received too little attention." (2009)

The 2014 DOD Roadmap

 "...certain  types  of  weather  events  have  become  more  frequent  and/or  intense,  including  heat   waves,  heavy  downpours,  and,  in  some  regions,  floods  and  droughts. Sea  levels  are  rising,  oceans  are  becoming  more  acidic,  and  glaciers  and  arctic  sea  ice  are  melting.  Scientists  predict  that  these  changes  will  continue  and  even  increase  in  frequency  or duration  over  the  next  100  years. These  climate related  effects  are  already  being  observed  at  installations  throughout  the  U.S.  and  overseas  and  affect  many  of  the  Department’s  activities  and  decisions  related  to  future  operating  environments,  military  readiness,  stationing,  environmental  compliance  and  stewardship,  and  infrastructure  planning  and  maintenance.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Climate Change and Health

Here is a blog post from the good folks at Real Climate regarding climate change and the healthcare sector (U.S.) and healthcare systems (everybody else).


WHO climate Change site

CDC climate change site:

Monday, October 06, 2014

A bit of news from the annual check-up....

In the news  (well in some news ....) last couple weeks.
"This latest edition of the Living Planet Report is not for the faint-hearted. One key point that jumps out is that the Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52 per cent since 1970. ..."

Friday, October 03, 2014

Take advantage of millions of years of R & D

Need to make/design something? Ask Nature:
"AskNature is the world’s most comprehensive catalog of nature’s solutions to human design challenges. This curated online library features free information on more than 1,800 (and growing!) natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications.
Think of AskNature as your home habitat. Whether you're a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for life-friendly solutions to a design challenge or a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born. "

A nice basic intro video to biomimicry from 2010

Monday, September 29, 2014

We are Still Numer One (USA! USA!)

According to new research by scientists at two British universities, China’s CO2 emissions in 2013 reached 7.2 tons per capita—topping, for the first time, the EU’s per capita emissions of 6.8 tons. Meanwhile, Americans were responsible for 16.4 tons of CO2 per capita. And India lagged far behind, at 1.9 tons per capita.

Friday, September 26, 2014

You gotta watch, i mean its got Morgan Freeman

Thanks to Chris for the heads up on this one.

Nice video that emerged from this week's New York confab:

Some very dark humor

About a House Committee that for some reason has the word science in its name:

Monday, September 15, 2014

CO2 Emissions at a 10 kilometer scale

Thanks to Dave for the heads up on this one:

"FFDAS is a data product that estimates CO2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuel for the years 1997 to 2011 on a global, 0.1° × 0.1°, hourly grid."
Intro video:

The Site and tool:

For the Birds

Audubon State of the Birds 2014 report


Search for your bird's probable future:

Friday, September 05, 2014


The work of Zaria Forman


“For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so,
because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
Every angel is terrible.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Georgetown' Climate Center's 20 good ideas

"A number of state and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating wildfires.  Some are also developing plans and policies to lay the foundation for building resilience.

The 20 ideas contained in this document represent a collection of planning, funding, regulatory, and investment efforts already taking place in different U.S. states and localities to prepare for and reduce the risks of climate change. These ideas offer insights and lessons for all communities to learn from and build upon in developing their own responses to a changing climate."

Georgetown Climate Center

GCC's Wisconsin Clean Energy and Climate data


Can we overcome the "big ratchet"?

"Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964.  The act drew protective lines around millions of acres and their wildlife.  To mark the anniversary, humans and nature from two angles today.  One, that my guest Ruth DeFries calls the Big Rachet – the human pattern of pushing nature to its limits, paying a price, then recovering – even more dominant – with human ingenuity.  Will we do that this time?  Then nature writer Jordan Fisher Smith joins us to look at the health of our wilderness itself.  This hour On Point:  nature and the wild in a time of planetary climate change."

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

University & College Education & Sustainability

"... Net Impact publishes its ninth annual survey of social and environmental graduate school programs, called “Business As UNusual” . The title notwithstanding, it reveals that such programs have become woven into the fabric of many college and university curricula — that teaching sustainability is, indeed, business as usual on campuses these days.
That doesn’t necessarily mean these programs are equipping today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges..."

The Full Report (PDF 213 pages):

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity?

I do not agree that Americans will take up the pitchforks and attack the rich, but never the less, an interesting discussion of economic desparity in the U.S..
An important subject for sustainability, on many levels.

Pitchforks vs the plutocrats (by a plutocrat)

An On Point radio discussion prompted by the article:

Monday, August 11, 2014

What is the Extension education role re climate change?

The Role of Extension in Climate Adaptation in the United States
Report from the Land Grant Sea Grant Climate Extension Summit June 2013


Friday, August 08, 2014

He Used the F Word!

"Climatologists have spent decades politely warning that we are cooking our planet, but now one has decided to stop sugar coating it. Professor Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland tweeted “If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're fucked.”

RE the research:

Christopher Box's blog:

Thursday, August 07, 2014

And do not forget what may be under all that disappearing ice in the Arctic/Antarctic ....

Thanks to Chris for the heads up on this one.

Or, PETM II, the sequel...
A good artical explaining why i consider the worst case climate models to be the useful, conservative ones for adaptation planning

From those famous, respected champions of neoclassical economics, the apptly named...

And, do not forget to check out the CDP

The reporting standard.

Supply Chain Management: 

General Climate Change: 



New promo for CDP supply chain measurement etc by Walmart:  

GHG Protocol Updates


Agriculture Sector guidance

Scope 3 Calculation Guidance

Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard

A nice little video on this one: 

Monday, August 04, 2014

Give Me Your Tired, Your Dry Yearning to Be Wet

The New NASA study re Western water issues in the U.S.. Must read, if in West or the Great Lakes watershed.

A related article, from 7 years ago...

Friday, August 01, 2014

Imagine: Funding for Climate Change Ed

Thanks to Mark on CLN for the heads up on this one.
Chance of even getting outta committee is probably zero. But, I guess someone in the House is smarter than their average bear.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Climate change and potential for China-India water conflict

Deem glaciers are ah melten folks 

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience

Thanks to Sherrie for the heads up on this one:

"How and where growth occurs, both in the short and long terms, can have a major impact on how well communities can prepare for and recover from natural disasters. But communities have not always used development planning as a strategy to become more resilient to hazards. Integrating smart growth approaches into preparedness and recovery can change this dynamic. Smart growth strategies like creating flexible land use policies, targeting public investment to catalyze private investment, and engaging the entire community in making decisions about the future can help communities recover from a disaster, rebuild according to a shared community vision, and be better prepared for the next natural disaster. "

Land Use/Agricuture GHG Estimation Tools

"America’s farm, ranch and forest managers are stewards of the land, and have long recognized the significance of managing soil health, plant productivity and animal nutrition. Conservation practices and other management changes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon storage while improving soil health, crop or livestock productivity, and resilience to drought and other extreme weather. This report lays out methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale. The methods in the report will be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other USDA stakeholders to help them evaluate the GHG benefits of a wide variety of management practices."

Financial Recovery Resources

"Be prepared before a disaster strikes your community or small business.
As part of a series of focus groups and meetings with consumers and small business owners, the Kansas City Fed has developed an array of materials to help you be prepared before and after a disaster.
Check out our disaster preparedness and recovery financial forms, checklists and resources ..."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

California and desalination: Blue Economy?

"Since the 1970s, California has dipped its toe into ocean desalination --talking, planning, debating. But for a variety of reasons -- mainly cost and environmental concerns-- the state has never taken the plunge.
Until now...."


Interesting posibilities.

The process in VERY energy intensive. Can California do this on a large enough scale, to meet their own future water needs?
Having the toughest GHG policy, Can they also apply the state's technology clusters to improve desalanation tehc, water conservation, low water design across all sectors? Can they thereby create a water export market to the parched southwest?

In an optimistic scenario, Will folks where i live, late this century, be buying California's future low water use design tech to reduce the stress on the great lakes?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

What is Sustainability

Perfect for Short Antention Span Theatre, a 4 minute video:

Done by tese folks, including other videos @

Monday, July 07, 2014


"Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature that shows our climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates."
News report:
The Nature Article

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Risky Business

Guess no one can call its authors socialists.

This a.m.'s newspiece:

"Risky Business Project co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer tasked the Rhodium Group, an economic research firm that specializes in analyzing disruptive global trends, with an independent assessment of the economic risks posed by a changing climate in the U.S. Rhodium convened a research team co-led by climate scientist Dr. Robert Kopp of Rutgers University and economist Dr. Solomon Hsiang of the University of California, Berkeley. Rhodium also partnered with Risk Management Solutions (RMS), the world’s largest catastrophe-modeling company for insurance, reinsurance, and investment-management companies around the world."
Executive Summary
Full Report:
Rhodium Group report page:
Rhodium Group full report:

The Risky Business general website:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name

What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change
"We found that the term "global warming" is associated with greater public understanding, emotional engagement, and support for personal and national action than the term "climate change." ...
The Report:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Curt Stager on Radio Call-in Show

"Dr. Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth," joins Martha Foley for a special Natural Selections call-in on climate change and other topics….”

Monday, May 19, 2014

Why the concern over the "common Core" science standards?

The common core science standards in the news , are caught up in the political fight about climate change and also evolution. The CC part is ecspecially important to Kochs/AFP/ National Chamber of Commerce etc. Essentially, the cc science is being labeled as alamist, simply because it is included in the standard.
I would suggest this is also the reason for governor of Wisconsin and the legislative majority raising it to "issue" status. For a look at what the objections are, this piece by the far right Heartland Institute is useful.

National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV)

Thanks to Scott for the heads up on this one.

National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV)
"The USGS National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV) includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 of the downscaled models for two of the RCP emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5. RCP4.5 is one of the possible emissions scenarios in which atmospheric GHG concentrations are stabilized so as not to exceed a radiative equivalent of 4.5 Wm-2 after 2100, about 650 ppm CO2 equivalent. RCP8.5 is the most aggressive emissions scenario in which GHGs continue to rise unchecked through the end of the century leading to an equivalent radiative forcing of 8.5 Wm-2, about 1370 ppm CO2 equivalent. .. "

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Little Tipping Point Music

Hmm. Friday afternoon. West Antarctic sheet hitting the tipping point....makes me think of MUSIC!

The Dog Days are Over

What a Day that Was

Can Utility and the Coastliners


And of course............ Gimme Shelter (cover by Patti Smith)

Some News from Down South

"Two studies published this week conclude that a section of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of inevitable collapse, an event that would eventually raise sea levels more than a meter (three-plus feet). The first study, led by Eric Rignot of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, used NASA satellite and airborne observations to measure how glaciers have been retreating in the region. The other study, led by Ian Joughin of the University of Washington, used a computer model to compare observations of recent melting with projected melt scenarios to see which matches reality best so far. Both studies conclude that the Amundsen Sea segment of the ice sheet has begun an irreversible decline that will result in its loss, possibly as soon as the next few hundred years. ..."