Juan Carlo Pascua

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10 years 4 months ago

Climate Change News Weekly Summary for the week of May 17, 2010 - May 22, 2010. In this week's summary the three major headlines for climate change were: 1. Christiana Figueres named leader of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); 2. Passage of The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement; 3. International Day for Biological Diversity.

May 17, 2010 - Christiana Figueres named Secretary of the UNFCCC. The UNFCCC is responsible for all major global climate...


10 years 4 months ago

Walk to work, ride a bike, take a bus - these options of transportation hope to help mitigate climate change. Also, there are people eager to do what they can and make life changes in order to help lower their carbon footprint. Unfortunately, there are many problems with the current infrastructure of America.

Infrastructure. In the United States there simply is little support for green modes of transportation. From street design to public policy, so much goes against people wishing to lose their cars. In other parts of the world...


10 years 4 months ago

Every $1 billion invested in energy efficiency and clean energy in the United States could eventually generate energy savings of $450 million per year. Cuts in annual greenhouse gas emissions could be more than 500,000 tons by 2020 leading to an employment boost of around 30,000 job a year. This employment boost  represents a 20% increase in jobs over traditional fiscal stimulus.

These are among the many interesting findings revealed in the new book,...


10 years 5 months ago

In the April Edition of Entrepreneur, the article by Julie Bennett poses the question "Are we headed toward a green bubble?" A bubble, if you did not already know, is the situation in trade where the value of goods or services are greatly exaggerated and inflated. The problems arise when the bubble pops, or that people realize the true value of the inflated goods and services are much less than what they should be. For the green bubble, there supposedly is an artificial growth in the market due to the optimism of the technology to make a profit. It is the optimism of venture...


10 years 5 months ago

Happy Earth Day; in celebration of the occasion let us give praise to the strategies to combat climate change. You might say, "But wait, we always cover climate change strategies and solutions. How is this post any different?" Exactly, this post is not any different, there has always been a focus on solutions: and wind, wave ,...


10 years 5 months ago

April 8th, 2010 more than 600 experts from 75 countries gathered in Geneva to consider the social and environmental impacts of transitioning to a green economy. Delegates to the 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will look at the five sectors that have been identified as key green investment opportunities: agriculture, industry, tourism, cities and transportation. It was the first time that the UN agency hosted the conference, whose key goal was to to present the...


10 years 5 months ago

Counting tree rings is one method scientists use to gather data on past climate change. To impress people, the science of counting tree rings is called Dendrochronology. Tree rings indicate dry seasons and wet seasons; this fact is used to determine whether the area the trees come from experienced a dry year or a rainy year as well as the age of the tree. Of course, to count tree rings you have to chop it down, or gather a sample from a newly fallen tree.

How are tree rings are made? The time period trees grow is typically in the Spring, after winter snowfall and rainfall.Tree rings are part of this growth, which...


10 years 5 months ago

On Sunday April 11, 2010, the first climate change talks since COP15 concluded in Bonn, Germany with the intention of intensifying  negotiations. Intensifying their efforts has resulted in governments having decided to add two more climate change conferences to the calendar year, each with a minimum duration of one week. These conferences will occur sometime between the 32nd session of the UNFCCC Convention (May 31, 2010 to June 11, 2010 ) up until...


10 years 5 months ago

The University of Washington's Program on Climate Change is one of the few higher educational programs specifically designed to tackle climate change. Its interdisciplinary program in climate science strives to integrate learning, research, and outreach. Its most notable goal is "To make the whole of the climate change effort at UW a powerful force in the training of future scientists and policy makers and in the understanding of past, present, and future climate." A slew of academic units make this a noteworthy program: School of Oceanography, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Earth and...


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