Ambassador Blake represents a figure from the international sphere of politics and resources. He has access to U.S. and worldwide intelligence, research and networks. For instance Blake was tasked with figuring out how to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas production. Yet, at the time, Indonesia was in its last year of an administration, so there was… Read more Ambassador Blake’s talk and its connections to bilateral activists
Group: Governance. Interesting idea of using soil, that would otherwise go to waste, for absorbing pollution. The artificial mountain could absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and safely store it while adding to the community landscape. https://www.pollutionsolutions-online.com/news/air-clean-up/16/breaking-news/how-will-an-artificial-mountain-reduce-pollution/47638
This article goes into the research being done on oyster reefs and their ability to slow the progress of soil erosion on the coast of Louisiana. At the four control sites in the study, the oyster reefs were able to half the rate of erosion over a few months. One interesting social concept behind this environmental problem is how restaurants used to return used oyster shells to fisherman. Fisherman would then return these shells to the ocean and oyster reefs were created through this process. According to the article, only one or two restaurants still do this. Now, oyster shells are sent to landfills, where they are processed in useless ways.
Group: Extractive Colonialism
Our group found this article to be extremely interesting and illuminating on current foreign policy. More specifically this article focuses on soil conservation in China, where there is a major soil pollution problem. To combat this problem, China has implemented progressive policies and laws. The new law specifies that the polluter is primarily responsible for… Read more Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution in China
With soil at the forefront of our discussions for the week, we can benefit from understanding exactly how important soil is to the health of our planet. Through this article we can not only learn about the importance of soil to humanity, but also about how we are using new technologies to replenish the soil… Read more Can Dirt Save the Earth?
The people of Egypt and Senegal rely heavily on the agriculture sector as a means of income and food. Recently, both countries have fallen to the intense impacts of soil erosion. These countries have worked along side the UN and other organizations to further develop the creation of Gamma Detectors. Gamma Detectors provide a longer… Read more Egypt and Senegal Receive Gamma Detectors to Help Combat Soil Erosion
Emily Baker, Brian Brooks, Jacob Fisher, Elise Smutko Soil is a very important natural resource. It allows for crops to take root and grow into bountiful crops. Without soil, humankind would have a challenging time growing healthy crops. Recently, the International Soil and Water Conservation group estimated that soil quality will drastically decline through 2050… Read more Methods of high yield farming while still maintaining the environment
And two important unanswered questions: Is there a narrative we can use that isn’t just trotting out Christopher Columbus and pretending like that’s a rosy picture? How confident are you that people will buy into the idea that space is for everyone, and not just a playground for people who can afford it?
Watch the video of Dr. Philip Duffy testifying about climate change to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology