Monday, November 30, 2015

As Paris talks open, meet a geoscientist who has attended every major climate negotiatio

As the world today kicks off the 21st, and perhaps biggest, meeting of nations who have joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Jonathan Pershing is aiming to keep his perfect attendance record.
Pershing, a Ph.D. geologist turned climate diplomacy wonk, has attended every past conference of the parties (COP) to the framework agreement. Now, he’s attending the Paris meeting, known as COP-21, as a top technical advisor on energy matters to the U.S. delegation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Draft Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change

The Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), a major network of international human rights scholars, has issued around the world in a Draft Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change (The Declaration) ahead of the Paris Climate Summit beginning on 30 November. The Declaration outlines a crucial shift in the way that states should respond to climate change. The Declaration is a response to the unsustainable status quo. Combining new thinking and existing international human rights law, the Declaration presents an alternative formulation of rights that foregrounds human rights while simultaneously protecting the rights of non-human persons and living systems from climate harms. 

The GNHRE is a network of multidisciplinary scholars from around the world, dedicated to tackling human and environmental challenges, including climate change. The group includes numerous world- renowned environmental-human rights scholars and drafted the Declaration as a clarion call to governments to address the human rights implications of climate change.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Science Week 2.0: Design Your Future

2015 marks 20 years of Science Week; a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
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Scientists think they just found the most important planet outside our solar system

A small planet, just a bit bigger than Earth, has been spotted in our stellar neighborhood, just 39 light-years away.
Known as GJ 1132b, it is the closest rocky exoplanet to have ever been found, and astronomers say it could provide our most in-depth look yet at an alien world not so different than our own
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