Leading the green charge: PhD student introduces new lab sustainability program to campus

From VT News
March 28, 2018  |  Ph.D. student Ellen Garcia shuts the sash on a chemical fume hood. When left open, chemical fume hoods consume as much energy as three-and-a-half households per day. Shutting the sash when not in use is one way laboratories can be more sustainable.
Much of that waste — from plastic foam to packaging — could easily be recycled, reducing the waste stream from a lab and ultimately saving energy and money for research programs. ...

Human-centered design is key to forming partnerships for large-scale conservation success

From VT News
March 22, 2018  |  To recruit more fishers to help with marine conservation, cast a wider net.



This is the conclusion of a new study by Virginia Tech researchers who examined participation in a payment for ecosystem services program.  The study modeled preferences of fishers in Chile in creating and monitoring marine protected areas inside their fishing management zones.
Lead author Michael Sorice, an associate professor of conservation social science in the College of ...

Human-centered design is key to forming partnerships for large-scale conservation success

From VT News
March 22, 2018  |  To recruit more fishers to help with marine conservation, cast a wider net.



This is the conclusion of a new study by Virginia Tech researchers who examined participation in a payment for ecosystem services program.  The study modeled preferences of fishers in Chile in creating and monitoring marine protected areas inside their fishing management zones.
Lead author Michael Sorice, an associate professor of conservation social science in the College of ...

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade

From CNN







By Lauren Said-Moorhouse  |  March 21, 2018


Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world’s oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns.

The “Foresight Future of the Sea” report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen “unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and climate change.”  It identified the rise of plastic in ...

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade

From CNN







By Lauren Said-Moorhouse  |  March 21, 2018


Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world’s oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns.

The “Foresight Future of the Sea” report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen “unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and climate change.”  It identified the rise of plastic in ...

IGC Fellows host workshop with Antoine Michon to explore the UN Paris Agreement and more

The Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Student Organization organized a workshop held last Friday, March 16, as part of a professional development activity and requirement for the IGC Graduate Program.  The workshop for IGC Fellows included guest speaker, Antoine Michon, the current security council deputy coordinator for the French mission team at the United Nations in New York.  Previously, Michon was the head of the environment division where he worked closely on the Paris agreement and with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Friday, March 23: Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability Hotspots to Anticipate Migration and Resettlement

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming interdisciplinary speaker series presentation organized by Coastal@VT: 

Dr. Alex de Sherbinin 

Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability Hotspots
to Anticipate Migration and Resettlement 

Friday, March 23
11am – 12pm
Assembly Hall, Holtzman Alumni Center

The event is sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Global Systems Science Destination Area.



 
Dr. de Sherbinin is Associate Director for Science Applications at the Center for International Earth Science ...

IGC Fellows enjoy conversations over breakfast with Dr. Trevor Hancock

One reward of studying as a Fellow of the Interfaces of Global Change program is the opportunity for in-depth experiences with visitors to the university beyond the seminar auditorium.  Dr. Trevor Hancock visited campus last week to share his presentation titled “How do we live in good health in the Anthropocene?”, hosted by the Fralin Life Science Institute as part of the Ecological and Human Health in Rural Communities Seminar Series.  Dr. Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion ...

Rapid Arctic warming and melting ice are increasing frequency of blizzards in the Northeast, study finds


From the Washington Post







BY JASON SAMENOW  |  MARCH 14, 2018









Three blockbuster winter storms have bombarded the Northeast this month. Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice fell to record low winter levels. Temperatures, in the dead of winter, rocketed to the melting point at the North Pole, nearly 60 degrees above normal.
All of this wild weather is tied together,  part of a trend, and linked to climate ...

How global warming punishes the world’s poorest

From the New York Times







By Somini Sengupta  |  March 12, 2018

KAKUMA, Kenya — These barren plains of sand and stone have always known lean times: times when the rivers run dry and the cows wither day by day, until their bones are scattered under the acacia trees. But the lean times have always been followed by normal times, when it rains enough to rebuild herds, repay debts, give milk to the ...