CHICAGO — "Chicago is the coldest place I've ever been," said Jing Hu, who came from southern China to do her postdoctoral work in materials science at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. So she is "excited and terrified" about spending three weeks in Antarctica, among almost 100 women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) fields who were recently announced as fellows in the Homeward Bound program to raise awareness of climate change and promote the role of female scientists, engineers and other experts in addressing it. The program was started in 2015 by an Australian activist and an Antarctic marine scientist. The participants raise much of the funding for the trip themselves. Over the next 11 months they will collaborate and strategize on leadership development and science education before going to Antarctica in November 2019. --- The nonprofit news outlet Energy News Network provided this article to The Associated Press through a … [Read more...] about Midwest women join climate change group in Antarctica
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Humankind had “mortgaged” its future with uncontrolled growth at the expense of the environment for far too long, experts agreed, and urged for the simultaneous pursuit of development and sustainability. The message was reiterated yesterday at the Hà Nội Forum on sustainable development held for the first time in the capital of Việt Nam. Since the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set in 1992 and their successors, the UN Sustainable Development Goals towards 2030, were approved by 193 countries in 2015, the world had seen tremendous growth in many countries, accompanied by steadily rising quality of life for billions of people. “However, despite great leaps made in science and technology, unprecedented challenges – namely climate change and widespread extreme weather events – had emerged and threatened the security and long-term development of the entire human … [Read more...] about Experts call for immediate efforts to tackle climate change
The Vietnam-France conference on climate change has sent a meaningful message to young people on environmental protection. Chief executive of AFD Rémy Rioux speaking at the conference On November 3 in Hanoi, the French Development Agency (AFD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union organised a conference themed “Youth and climate change: Challenges today and solutions for future,” on the occasion of the official visit of French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to Vietnam between November 2 and 4, one month before the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “We have no plan B and Earth B, so we must act to prevent climate change,” confirmed French Minister of Public Action and Accounts Gérald Darmanin. That is why France always promotes and holds numerous events on climate change, such as COP … [Read more...] about We only have one Earth and need to act before the climate changes
One by one, founders of food- and ag-tech startups entered from stage left, wearing black hoodies or a casual blazers over t-shirts emblazoned with their companies’ logos. Their entrance music — personally selected — was drowned out by cheers and applause in the packed 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Museum on the first night of Food, Ag, Ideas Week. It’s the kind of enthusiasm you expect around tech unveilings, but the guy on stage is usually talking about iPhones, not cow udder health. A little over three months ago, nine startups rolled into downtown St. Paul for the first Techstars Farm to Fork accelerator, during which they acquired mentors, built out their visions at breakneck speed, and crafted the messages they would use to woo investors. They drew energy from their shared ambitions to “disrupt” the food system with data insights, mobile apps, and products that bring solutions to outsized issues like food waste and financing. During … [Read more...] about From trade wars to climate change, farmers prospects are increasingly dire. Can tech provide the solution?
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - - Governments are unprepared for a crucial climate change meeting in Poland later this year aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said on Tuesday at the opening of climate talks in Bangkok. The talks in the Thai capital come ahead of a gathering in Katowice, Poland in December, when government ministers will meet to agree rules for the 2015 Paris climate accord. U.S. President Donald Trump, who in the past has described climate change as a hoax, pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, saying it favoured other countries and was disadvantageous to the United States. The Paris Agreement set a sweeping goal of ending the fossil fuel era this century, but the text was vague on details. Bainimarama, who is also president of the COP23 or 23rd annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that … [Read more...] about Govts ‘not ready’ for Poland climate change talks – Fiji PM