Many species of plants and animals have declined in abundance and distribution or become extinct because of anthropogenic changes to the environment. Mangroves, trees that form dense coastal forests in tropical and subtropical areas, have declined in areal coverage by approximately one third since 1950 largely because of coastal development and logging.
Steven Stoll of Fordham University studies the history of agrarian society in the United States because he’s found that “agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes.”
His presentation was videotaped and is presented below:
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
Reconstructing sea level changes during the last interglacial,127-116,000 years ago, yields insights on the stability of large continental ice sheets during a period of relative warmth similar to the present day.
Evidence of a sudden melting episode suggests tipping points in the climate system…
Radley Horton from Columbia University Earth Institute will speak on climate projections for New York City. The $20 billion Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan for New York is grounded upon climate risk information provided by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This expert panel, tasked with advising the City on climate-related issues, completed a ‘rapid response’ climate assessment with updated climate projections.
The American Security Project (2011) report estimates that failure to address climate change could result in a $22 billion hit in GDP and nearly 100,000 jobs lost in New England between 2010 and 2050. Some of the projected impacts of climate change, such as warmer temperatures, faster than global-average sea level rise, and erratic changes in precipitation and extreme events (such as hurricanes and snowfall events), are already being felt in New England.