Posts Tagged ‘fossil fuels’

Upcoming Lectures in Energy, Sustainability, and Security

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 9th, 2013

Join the Dartmouth community to engage with a spectrum of voices offering potential solutions to our common climate challenge! Starting July 11, Dartmouth will host the Leading Voices Series in Energy, Sustainability and Security. This series of six free lectures is open to the public and will provide good discussion focused on solutions and engaging young minds and community. Anyone interested [...]

Renewable Energy Leaders to Engage with Upper Valley Community

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 22nd, 2013

Leaders in Europe’s new energy economy will discuss their successes and how they can be applied to the Upper Valley region at a public forum this Wednesday, April 24. Dr. Andreas Wieg and Dirk Vansintjan, two leaders in Europe’s community-based transition to renewable energy, will visit the Upper Valley as part of their Vermont, New Hampshire, and Ontario week-long tour starting [...]

Do the Math Tour: We Are Greater Than Fossil Fuels

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 29th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

2,500 people came to Boston to hear Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein speak (Image credit: 350.org) If Bill McKibben ever gets tired of the author/activist life, he should consider becoming a math teacher. I’ve certainly never seen anyone else create as much interest as he has in three simple integers. This past July, McKibben introduced the world to these three numbers in [...]

24 Hours of Reality for the Climate

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 14th, 2012

Q: What do an Oklahoma farmer, a polar bear, and a Wall Street banker have in common? A: Climate disruption affects each of them. And it affects everyone else, too. Today, we’re all experiencing the negative effects of a changing climate. Rising pollution, rising consumption, and rising dependence on dirty energy sources have changed Earth’s atmosphere and changed our weather. Droughts, storms, [...]

Managing Complexity: A Simulation’s Insights into Climate Change

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 19th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Using the En-ROADS simulation tool to visualize our energy choices and understand their implications Elizabeth Sawin When we talk about climate change, we’re really talking about systems—a whole web of linked issues. We can’t really discuss the eroding health of our planet without bringing up the causes of that decline, such as habitat destruction and resource extraction. Mention of resource extraction brings [...]

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