Wednesday, April 12, 7-9pm, Emerson College
Boston University Environmental Student Organization (ESO) is partnering up with a non-profit called #PutAPriceOnIt that is attempting to get carbon pricing in a few major cities, including Boston. The event will consist of a screening of an episode from the documentary series called Years of Living Dangerously and a panel/Q&A about carbon pricing in Boston.
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Student Katelyn Tarrio presents to MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee
On March 23 BU undergraduate student Katelyn Tarrio presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. There were approximately 50 officials and professionals in attendance, and the presentation was taped and live-streamed to other agencies and officials involved in waste site cleanup. Tarrio has produced maps of contaminated sites vulnerable to increased flooding due to climate change. DEP’s Thomas Potter asked for the presentation so that waste site cleanup professionals will take this risk into consideration. Tarrio’s work is one of the first efforts to use new FEMA flood maps to target the most at-risk sites. Her presentation was extremely well received. The work was produced as part of Rick Reibstein‘s Directed Study course “Research for Environmental Agencies,” and the original work is at www.bu.edu/rccp. Antonio Chidiac assisted with the project.
BU’s Digital Learning & Innovation recently put together a video and news item on the successful transition of GE 310 (Climate and the Environment) from a traditional lecture-style class to a flipped classroom model. Click to read the full story. Following from this success, Prof. Anderson plans to host a 1-hour discussion and tutorial on what he learned from the experience. Details on the time/date will be provided once they are finalized.
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Raoul Liévanos, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, kicks off Earth & Environment’s Seminar Series on Race, Justice, and Environment.
Producing Air-Toxic Clusters: Risk Containment and Environmental Inequality Formation
Racial, economic, and immigrant disadvantage predominate in air-toxic cancer risk clusters in the United States. This talk features ongoing research that advances our understanding of the general mechanisms that contribute to this context of environmental inequality in a historical case study of the Stockton, California metropolitan area from 1850 to 2005. The analysis highlights how industrialization, mortgage redlining, urban renewal, freeway development, and political conflict over court-ordered school district desegregation contributed to the concentration of low-income, nonwhite, and immigrant individuals in Stockton’s air-toxic cancer risk clusters. The talk concludes with a discussion of its future research and policy implications.
Wednesday, February 1, 2:30pm, CAS 132
Anthony Janetos, director of BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future, joined the Space Physics Seminar Series.
The Risks of Multiple Breadbasket Failure
We are headed into a world where the risks from climate change of failure of agricultural productivity in the world’s major breadbaskets cannot be ignored. I discuss both a modeling study to illustrate how those risks may occur, and their consequences, and a broader research strategy of modeling and observation that can provide practical examples for moving forward in a rapidly changing world.
Thursday, January 26, 4:00pm, CAS 502.
Refreshments will be served at 3:45pm in CAS 500.
Professor James Lawford Anderson will deliver a lecture at Arnold Arboretum, Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm, entitled “Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem.” The talk will be followed by a geology tour of the Arboretum, “Travels through Two Ice Ages,” on Saturday, December 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Registration can be found on the arboretum’s website.
Professor Cutler J. Cleveland joined other members of the BU faculty and staff who have written for BU Today to talk about this week’s election and what’s next. Click here to read Professor Cleveland’s reflections on potential environment and energy policies.
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a panel at BU’s Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies to discuss whether Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an accurate measurement of human progress. “The way [GDP] treats non-renewable resources is fundamentally wrong, and is inconsistent with the way it treats manufactured capital,” Dr. Cleveland noted, adding, “There are a number of broader ecosystem services that are not traded in market, but underpin life itself, including our economic life — a stable climate, protection of the ozone layer, the provision of fertile soil, crop pollination.” Read more about the discussion here.
As part of BU’s Open Access Week, Professors Gopal and Phillips will join representatives from the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Department of Computer Science for “Open Science at BU: Success Stories.”
Faculty across BU and in a variety of disciplines have embraced open methods in their research to address pressing societal questions and advance scholarship. The movement to open science has included initiatives such as publishing open research, creating open source software, and supporting open access policies. Why have some of our faculty embraced open science? How has this affected scholarly output and advancement? Join this panel to hear success stories and lessons learned and come away with ideas for utilizing open access in your own research.
Join the discussion on Friday, October 28, 2:00-3:30PM, at the BU School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue.
James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled “Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems,” today, Tuesday, September 27.
The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal extent of sea ice at the time of the September minimum has declined by about 1% per year since satellite observations began 35 years ago. Sea ice is very different from lake ice. A brine is created as ice crystallizes, a portion of which remains in channels within the ice and provides habitat for microscopic plankton. These organisms include photosynthetic algae and microscopic animals that feed on the algae, and they then become food for shrimp and fish under and at the edges of the ice. This production is the base of the food web that supports marine mammals and birds that flourish in the Arctic during spring and summer. Climate models project that, with additional warming from greenhouse gases, summer sea ice could vanish in the Arctic my mid-century, with profound implications for many iconic species.
Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm, CAS 132