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This new collection is centered on the environmental, economic and social challenges faced by the people of Africa. The goal of this collection...
Inclusive Wealth Report 2012Last Updated on 2013-10-29 21:21:58The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)* announced at the Rio+20 Summit on June 17, 2012. the launch of the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 (IWR 2012). The report measures the wealth of nations.
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The report presents a new economic index, which looks beyond the traditional short term economic and development yardsticks of gross domestic product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI). The Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) assesses changes in a country’s productive base, including produced, human, and natural capital over time. By taking a more holistic approach, the IWI shows governments the true state of their nation’s wealth and the sustainability of its growth.
Twenty countries were assessed in the IWR 2012 over a period of 19 years (1990-2008). Together they represent more than half of... More »
Module: Climate Change and Wine Curriculum ModuleLast Updated on 2011-06-08 00:00:00
In this computer exercise, students will compare and contrast satellite and ground data for temperature in northern California over several decades and extract trends about climatic regions for wine-grape production. The satellite data, which we provide in an Excel spreadsheet, contains four 1° blocks along a longitudinal transect from the coast of California to the mountains. The ground based data in the spreadsheet are from four weather stations (Ft. Bragg, Napa County Hospital, University of California at Davis, and Colfax), each representing one of the blocks along this transect. For each block and station, we calculated the Winkler Scale, a technique for classifying the climate of wine growing regions in which geographical areas are divided into five climate categories based on degree days. Plotted are changes in the Winkler Scale for the... More »
Bicilavadora: Green Washing MachineLast Updated on 2010-12-28 00:00:00
In Peru, many women earn their living by washing clothes by hand, which limits the amount of laundry they can do each day.
How does it work: The bicilavadora is a pedal-powered, foldable, horizontal axis washing machine. The outer shell of the bicilavadora is a modified, water-tight oil drum. Inside lies a free-to-rotate drum which holds the clothing to be washed. This design is much like typical horizontal axis washers today. Both drums have access doors to insert the clothing easily from the top. The inner drum is driven by a drive train powered by the attached bicycle, which easily folds in and out for easy transport. The user can easily change gears, as they would with a normal bicycle, to switch between wash and spin cycles. When one wants to relocate the bicilavadora, the bike is simply folded in, using the stand to hold the bicycle in... More »
Lecture: Stephen Schneider Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Video Last Updated on 2010-10-07 00:00:00
This video is of a lecture that Stephen Schneider presented a number of times. It covers climate change from a risk perspective, discussing the underlying science, uncertainties, and implications of different possible decisions. Here is it captured with many (although not all) of his graphics. It is a well organized, evenly presented lecture that carefully differentiates questions of "what we know" from "what we should do." It presents data and modelling at a level appropriate for undergraduates.
Climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples of the Russian NorthLast Updated on 2009-09-28 13:44:23
This is Section 12.3.4 of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
Lead Author: Mark Nuttall; Contributing Authors: Fikret Berkes, Bruce Forbes, Gary Kofinas,Tatiana Vlassova, George Wenzel
This case study is based on the ongoing work of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), together with the NorthSet project of the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences. This work concerns the assessment of climate change impacts on the indigenous peoples of the Russian North within the context of broader social, economic, and political changes. This case study is based on the preliminary results of initial research, but is included here because it illustrates the tremendous challenges faced by indigenous peoples throughout the Russian North.
The indigenous peoples of the Russian North have depended on traditional hunting,... More »
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