Archive for February 21, 2014

Outside Pressure: NGOs as Climate Change Stakeholders

windfarmOn Thursday, February 27 the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center will host the third of four events addressing the politics of global climate change. All events are free and open to the public, located at O’Hara Student Center from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. See the full schedule of events here.

The upcoming event is titled Outside Pressure: NGOs as Climate Change Stakeholders. Daniel Lashof, director of the Natural Resources Defence Council’s climate and clean air program, will discuss how civil-society groups can influence international climate decisions within the UN, and what possibilities and limitations citizens face when trying to shape global environmental politics. The Global Studies website provides background readings to enhance the discussion.

Drowning: Climate Change Hits a Small Island

drowningOn Thursday, February 13 the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center will host the second of four events addressing the politics of global climate change. All events are free and open to the public. The second event, titled Drowning: Climate Change Hits a Small Island will be from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at O’Hara Student Center. Stuart Beck will present on his experience working with Palau, a Pacific Island which faces danger from rising sea levels. See the full schedule here.

New ‘Climate Hubs’ Address Agriculture Security

President Obama’s newest executive action will provide resources for farmers to combat drought, floods, pests and fires (common symptoms of a changing climate) through regional “climate hubs.” Each of these seven hubs will assess how climate change affects crops traditionally grown in each region, and will provide recommendations for farmers to adapt their techniques and respond to regional climate shifts.

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, each of these climate hubs will guide farmers and provide “practical technologies that will work to allow folks to adapt or mitigate the impacts of changing climate, in the hopes of being able to preserve both the production, as well as the greenhouse gas carbon-sinking capacity of our growing lands.” To hear Vilsack explain climate hubs more fully, click here.