Course, lodging, food, and per diem are covered. Transportation not included.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) will be offering its Climate Change Adaptation Planning course on October 1-3, 2013, in Reno, NV. The course provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. The course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Since the course will focus on climate change impacts in the Great Basin, we especially encourage people from that area to attend.
This course employs a variety of instructional methods such as presentations including tribal case studies, large- and small-group discussions, activities, and a 1⁄2-day field trip. Participants will complete a pre-course assignment prior to attending.
Please see the course description, attendee expectations, travel and cancellation policy, application form, and release form, and review all of the information carefully.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please fill out the application form and release form and fax them to our office. Space is limited, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as possible. ITEP will be paying lodging costs and reimbursing per diem for up to 20 tribal participants. All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, taxis, shuttle service, mileage, etc.).
Applications received by August 6, 2013, will have priority consideration.
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund are pleased to announce the release of three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+ on www.conservationtraining.org.
The curriculum, Introductory Curriculum on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+), provides an introductory level of understanding on climate change, deforestation, forest degradation, and REDD+. This new version contains up-to-date information on policy and implementation as well as a cool new facelift and improved interactivity. It is divided into three courses:
•Course 1, Introduction to Climate Change and the Role of Forests, the focus is on background information on climate change, the drivers of deforestation, and strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
•Course 2, REDD+ Policy, we cover the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social, and environmental issues related to REDD+.
•Course 3, REDD+ Implementation, the focus is on the basics of implementing REDD+ activities at various scales.
The course is freely available to anyone who is interested.
Basically, methods to conserve forests. www.conservationtraining.org
New book - Climate Change Adaptation Manual. Just ordered and also added it to my book list. Still baffled that earthscan charges so much for these books; makes them inaccessible to people that need them…
New report: Climate in the Parks—Innovative Climate Education in Parks, looks at 13 parks around the world that are providing innovative and effective interpretation on climate change.
Download here: Climate in Parks report
Several parks include climate education for visitors. Parks in Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Tanzania, Oregon, Mexico, Netherlands, Alabama, and others. Good read.
She’s here! We are honoured to welcome Malala Yousafzai to the United Nations to celebrate her 16th birthday as part of the “UN Youth Takeover” event.
Join us in pledging to deliver the best gift of all — quality education for every girl and boy in the world.
Watch the special events taking place at the UN on Friday here: http://bit.ly/MdmCqq
Malala Yousafzai, inspiring girls around the world. Malala was shot in the head while coming home from school by a Taliban man for writing a critical blog post when she was 11. Now, at 16, she is the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (tba October).
- History of the Space Shuttle
- Hubble Telescope Discoveries
- Webb Telescope (Webb will replace Hubble)
- Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits
- Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System (basically, the history of a drone named Ikhana)
- Earth as Art looks particularly promising.
There’s also NASA magazine and an app. Who knew?
sosungalittleclodofclay asked: Okay, I'm reading the Schalatek_Burns_GCF_Gender-Sensitive-Approach pdf and I'm still wondering how climate change is gender specfic. the '1% of the world property' is bugging me, and the rest of the report is reminding me of the 'women are more negatively affected by war/conscription than men are'.
Good question regarding this post on gender and climate change. At minimum, natural disasters kill more women and girls than men. Social status and education are key issues to resolve in poor countries that are growing fast.
Start with this short report, Gender and Climate Change, from WHO.
Globally, natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more women than men, and tend to kill women at a younger age. These effects also interact with the nature of the event and social status.
The gender-gap effects on life expectancy tend to be greater in more severe disasters, and in places where the socioeconomic status of women is particularly low.
Other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as undernutrition and malaria, also show important gender differences.
Gender differences occur in health risks that are directly associated with meteorological hazards. These differences reflect a combined effect of physiological, behavioural and socially constructed influences. For example, the majority of European studies have shown that women are more at risk, in both relative and absolute terms, of dying in heatwaves.
Then, if you’re still interested, visit Gender CC, a division of the UNFCCC, to explore the issues in depth.
Two forces (markets and applied sustainability theory) are at odds with each other. Especially when it comes to human rights and equality. The Green Climate Fund is, in a sense, a bank that works in very poor, and developing countries. These countries are growing, fast. And organizations like the UN are helping these countries build better cities and safer communities, with the goal for everyone to become healthier and well educated. There are controversies with this type of development. Often times, tens of thousands of people are displaced from their homes, species and ecosystems are destroyed, and only a handful of companies benefit.
The Green Climate Fund helps developing countries to be more environmentally conscious, more aware of impacts of fast growth. There are many complicated elements to financing growth, and one is gender. Here is a discussion on how the Green Climate Fund can improve the banking rules for women in developing countries.
Climate change is not gender-neutral. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted the variations in the extent to which people are affected by climate change, and are able to adapt, depending on a number of factors, including gender. In most countries there are differences in the economic activities, access to resources and decision-making power of men and women. These gender differences affect the ways people are impacted by, and respond to, climate change.
Recognizing the importance of taking these gender differences into account, the Governing Instrument for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)specifically calls for taking a “gender-sensitive approach,” making this the first climate fund to mandate the integration of gender-based perspectives from the outset of its operations.
Climate financing approaches will be more effective and provide broader benefits if they address rather than reinforce gender inequalities that increase the vulnerability of women to climate change and adversely affect their ability to contribute to mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Women still face unequal access to political power, economic resources, legal rights, land ownership, bank credit, and technical training.
The GCF can promote gender equality by establishing structures and operating procedures that are careful to include women as well as men in decision-making roles, respond to the particular needs of women for climate-related financing, and enable women’s enterprises to benefit from new low-carbon technologies and economic opportunities.
The paper advocates for the explicit inclusion of gender considerations in the GCF Board’s work plan. The GCF is expected to support a fundamental paradigm shift in addressing climate change by establishing new best practices, including in its approach to gender.
PBS has a fun series profiling scientists and engineers called, “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.” The profiles are meant to charm and intrigue, but don’t expect to be enlightened. Also - Hooray! for all the women in science!! Warms my cold, dead heart…
Above is a clip from a longer interview with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. She focuses on alternative energy, and has hope for the future.
PBS’s series is like a buffet of scientists. What I like most is that the producers highlight the researcher’s work and their passions, and avoid stereotypes of lab coats, isolation, and Sisyphean uphill battles against the public. A+
The first annual National Adaptation Forum was held in Denver this past April. Organizers expected around 150 attendees, but over 500 signed-up. They had to shut down the registration desk and turn people away (I had to beg to get in!).
The speaker presentations are now online for you to download. Great information (and contacts if you’re job searching) covering a variety of adaptation topics - cities, ecosystems, adaptation law, conservation, animal protection, forests, sea level rise, Native American issues - tons of case studies, examples, and science of adaptation! The presentations are hosted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Climate Science Division - get them while they last. You can get PPTs by heavies Vicki Arroyo, Susanne Moser, Roger Pulwarty, Gwen Shaughnessy and many other climate adaptation specialists. Great stuff!
Should help students understand the UNFCCC and negotiations at the COPs.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. Given the many different stakeholders and communities who have roles to play, it is a contemporary challenge with regard to its demand on interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and languages, and the personal capacities needed to combine these so as to make diplomatic sense and success. Competing interests, political tensions, and challenges of the world today, such as the economic recession and competing development priorities, mean that negotiation deadlocks are rife and ways to overcome them are becoming more and more challenging to find.
The outcome of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol in Durban, has shown the world that despite challenging circumstances, multilateral fora can still foresee traction with regard to making meaningful progress on the international climate change agenda.