understanding and responding to climate change — 2008

Climate_cov.jpg The National Academies have released the 2008 edition of “Understanding and Responding to Climate Change,” a booklet designed to give the public a comprehensive and easy-to-read analysis of findings and recommendations from expert consensus reports on climate change.

You may download or order free copies of the climate change booklet, “Earth Observations from Space”, and or “What you need to know about energy” at

Environmental Defense Fund — Energy Innovation Videos

From a letter/ad from the EDF. Of course, they are writing to get financial support, but these brief videos are interesting. Coming to the series are: Wave, Geothermal, Biofuels, & a Conclusion. There is also an Introduction.

“Watch our first video—a look into solar ink, a solar energy solution that is a tenth of the cost and takes up half the amount of space as current solar technology,” says the EDF.

“In our new Unleash the Future video series, journalist and storyteller Miriam Horn shares the story of some of the leading innovators and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of the clean energy vanguard.

Horn—co-author with Fred Krupp of Earth: The Sequel—explores how inventors are changing the way we think about energy—from wave, to geothermal, from biofuels to solar.

These clean energy technologies can cure our addiction to oil, stop the devastating effects of global warming, and bolster our economy—but only if America puts a cap on carbon pollution to unleash this future. “

Environmental Justice Conference

The videos of the Environmental Justice Conference held on campus, April 28th & 29th are available at: http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/special/

“A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place and Environmental Justice”
Speakers: Dorceta Taylor, U. Mich.; Beverly Wright, Dillard; Dale Jamieson, NYU

Sponsors: Princeton Environmental Institute and the Center for African American Studies

Sustainability — 2 new similar serial titles

“Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. The e-Journal fills a gap in the literature by establishing a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of empirical and social sciences, practices, and policies related to sustainability. Sustainability will facilitate communication among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers who are investigating and shaping nature-society interactions and working towards sustainable solutions.” (From NBII and CSA) There is an entry in our main catalog.

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Data collection ceasing on Crop Pesticide Applications

USDA to stop collecting data on pesticide use

The National Agricultural Statistics Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced that it will stop collecting data about the amount of pesticide applied to various crops. The program has been the public’s only source of reliable data on pesticide and fertilizer use for much of the United States. These data showed that pesticide use in engineered corn, soybeans, and cotton was higher than in conventional varieties, even though the biotech industry claimed that engineered crops would need less pesticide. Without the USDA’s data, UCS and other groups will have no way to track this trend into the future and evaluate the biotechnology industry’s claims. The Environmental Protection Agency also relies on the data to determine which chemicals should be regulated. In response to the announcement, 44 scientific, environmental, and sustainable farming groups including UCS have asked the USDA’s Secretary to reverse the decision. Read the letter, or read more from the Associated Press”.

Source: The FEED newsletter from Union of Concerned Scientists, June 2008.
FEED is the Food and Environment Electronic Digest.

Scientific Assessment of the Effects of Global Change on the United States

Finally released, after four years, and even now only after threat of
a court order —
from the National Science and Technology Council,
Scientific Assessment of the Effects of Global Change on the United States