. &  should do  video of @BarackObama #Keystone@NYGovCuomo #fracking policy race.

Congo successfully deploys dog teams to sniff out bushmeat. @thewcs (PALF photos). (Works at JFK Airport, too.) More from Wildlife Conservation Society:

 

NEW YORK (April 3, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society reports a major seizure of illegal bushmeat in Congo at Maya Maya International Airport in Brazzaville when authorities recently confiscated approximately 40 animals including monkeys, antelope, and porcupine.

In an unrelated incident, two bushmeat traffickers were arrested transporting 30 carcasses of similar wildlife through the Mila Mila area of Niari. The traffickers are currently awaiting trial.

The seizure and arrests were assisted by PALF (Project for the Application of Law for Fauna – Republic of Congo), a pioneering partnership of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Aspinall Foundation and supported by the USFWS that is committed to ending wildlife trafficking in Congo.

Conservationists report that recent infrastructure improvements such as better roads and transportation hubs in Congo have resulted in an uptick in illegal hunting and trafficking of protected species.  In addition, traffickers are resorting to threateningwildlife authorities and PALF members in an effort to scare local authorities.

“PALF’s work to stop illegal wildlife trafficking by improving Congo’s legal system is more important than ever,” said James Deutsch, WCS Executive Director for Africa Programs.  “Illegal wildlife trafficking has the potential to strip mine Congo of its world class wildlife and natural heritage.  Only through tough law enforcement and stopping corruption can trafficking be eliminated.”

To aid in future enforcement efforts, PALF launched a sniffer dog program last month that works with local authorities to detect illegal wildlife products including ivory being transported within the country and internationally.

@KeithKloor weighs in on @RogerPielkeJr flogging. All happening on a tiny corner (attribution debate) of the head of a pin called climate change discourse. All serving those hoping the public stays confused about climate consensus. Rope-a-dope.

Rio contrasts: Flowers, favela (Vidigal) and Leblon’s posh beaches. Visit @CatComm for favela residents’ development concerns.

Leadership positions open at @World_Wildlife as it seeks to “freeze the footprint of food by doubling net food availability.” More from the .org here:

This signals a strategy that focuses on productivity, efficiency and sustainable intensification, but also on reducing waste, changing consumption patterns and addressing food security issues. 

Toward these ends, we are creating a new Food team and two senior positions that do not exist in any other environmental organization. We have created a new SVP position to lead our Food work. We have also created a new VP position for Animal Protein given that that is the fastest growing area of food consumption globally. These are exciting new positions. And, we want to find the right person to fill each of them. A summary of the profile for each position follows.

Senior Vice President, Food
WWF’s Senior Vice President (SVP), Food is responsible for setting short- and long-term strategic direction for the Food Goal and is accountable for outcomes that move the needle in this area. The Food SVP will ensure that the right resources are brought to bear in several transformational initiatives.  S/he is recognized both internally and externally as a leading expert in the field and will be called upon to bring the latest thinking and innovation to solve complex problems and to influence and leverage the strategies of partners in this space. In addition to strategy development, the Food SVP is responsible for implementation for WWF-US’ Food work, building and managing a diverse team working towards a common vision and objectives, and undertaking fundraising and communication efforts. 

Vice President, Animal Protein
The Vice President (VP), Animal Protein will oversee WWF’s work to  eliminate or measurably reduce or mitigate the key threats caused by the single most significant driver of biodiversity loss globally, the production of animal protein. The Animal Protein VP will be responsible for strategy development and delivery for WWF-US’ work on beef, dairy, aquaculture and other key animal proteins (e.g. poultry, eggs, pork) ; aligning WWF’s animal protein work  with its work to reduce the impacts of producing animal feed; building and managing a diverse with a large number of partners working towards a common vision with regard to animal protein issues; working with the Food SVP to engage key animal protein audiences; and supporting and/or undertaking communications and fundraising efforts. 

If you are interested in learning more about either of these positions, please visit the WWF Careers page: http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers. Also, please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think would be a good fit for either of these exciting new WWF positions.

Leadership positions open at @World_Wildlife as it seeks to “freeze the footprint of food by doubling net food availability.” More from the .org here:

This signals a strategy that focuses on productivity, efficiency and sustainable intensification, but also on reducing waste, changing consumption patterns and addressing food security issues. 

Toward these ends, we are creating a new Food team and two senior positions that do not exist in any other environmental organization. We have created a new SVP position to lead our Food work. We have also created a new VP position for Animal Protein given that that is the fastest growing area of food consumption globally. These are exciting new positions. And, we want to find the right person to fill each of them. A summary of the profile for each position follows.

Senior Vice President, Food

WWF’s Senior Vice President (SVP), Food is responsible for setting short- and long-term strategic direction for the Food Goal and is accountable for outcomes that move the needle in this area. The Food SVP will ensure that the right resources are brought to bear in several transformational initiatives.  S/he is recognized both internally and externally as a leading expert in the field and will be called upon to bring the latest thinking and innovation to solve complex problems and to influence and leverage the strategies of partners in this space. In addition to strategy development, the Food SVP is responsible for implementation for WWF-US’ Food work, building and managing a diverse team working towards a common vision and objectives, and undertaking fundraising and communication efforts. 

Vice President, Animal Protein

The Vice President (VP), Animal Protein will oversee WWF’s work to  eliminate or measurably reduce or mitigate the key threats caused by the single most significant driver of biodiversity loss globally, the production of animal protein. The Animal Protein VP will be responsible for strategy development and delivery for WWF-US’ work on beef, dairy, aquaculture and other key animal proteins (e.g. poultry, eggs, pork) ; aligning WWF’s animal protein work  with its work to reduce the impacts of producing animal feed; building and managing a diverse with a large number of partners working towards a common vision with regard to animal protein issues; working with the Food SVP to engage key animal protein audiences; and supporting and/or undertaking communications and fundraising efforts. 

If you are interested in learning more about either of these positions, please visit the WWF Careers page: http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers. Also, please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think would be a good fit for either of these exciting new WWF positions.

After I pitched “boiler room tours” as path to energy literacy, @solaronenyc took me on one at NYC HS of Energy & Technology. More soon, including video, on Dot Earth!

After I pitched “boiler room tours” as path to energy literacy,  took me on one at NYC HS of Energy & Technology. More soon, including video, on Dot Earth!

.@ICTBizJournal Q&A with @Koch_Industries CEO Charles Koch skips global warming but includes telling nugget: 

Q: Your political views and involvement seem to garner the most headlines nationally these days. Why continue those investments, given the type of coverage it seems to have sparked?

A: It’s like Lee Trevino used to say, somebody asked him, “How are you winning all these golf tournaments?” and he said, “Well somebody has got to win them and it might as well be me.” That’s the way I am on this. There doesn’t seem to be any other large company trying to do this so it might as well be us. Somebody has got to work to save the country and preserve a system of opportunity.

Useful @natureclimate commentaries on warming hiatus, flawed 2-degree threshold, etc., below. More on “The Two-Degree Solution" from @dotearth.

  • Pause for thought

    The recent slowdown (or ‘pause’) in global surface temperature rise is a hot topic for climate scientists and the wider public. We discuss how climate scientists have tried to communicate the pause and suggest that ‘many-to-many’ communication offers a key opportunity to directly engage with the public.

    • Ed Hawkins,
    • Tamsin Edwards &
    • Doug McNeall
  • Media discourse on the climate slowdown

    We must not fall victim to decontextualized and ahistorical media accounting of climate trends.

    • Maxwell T. Boykoff
  • Heat hide and seek

    Natural variability can explain fluctuations in surface temperatures but can it account for the current slowdown in warming?

    • Lisa Goddard
  • No pause in the increase of hot temperature extremes

    Observational data show a continued increase of hot extremes over land during the so-called global warming hiatus. This tendency is greater for the most extreme events and thus more relevant for impacts than changes in global mean temperature.

    • Sonia I. Seneviratne,
    • Markus G. Donat,
    • Brigitte Mueller &
    • Lisa V. Alexander
  • The climate policy narrative for a dangerously warming world

    It is time to acknowledge that global average temperatures are likely to rise above the 2 °C policy target and consider how that deeply troubling prospect should affect priorities for communicating and managing the risks of a dangerously warming climate.

    • Todd Sanford,
    • Peter C. Frumhoff,
    • Amy Luers &
    • Jay Gulledge

Feelings, Facts, Food & GMOs – A Fresh Look  Weds, Feb. 26, 2014 12:00-2:00pm

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture is particularly contentious, with assertions about huge promise or perils often obscuring science. This panel discussion will aim to inform rather than inflame by bringing together a chef focused on conscious cuisine, a food journalist who spent six months investigating claims and counterclaims about GMOs, a law professor and a plant geneticist. The discussion will be moderated by Pace Academy Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin, who has explored the future of food repeatedly on his New York Times blog, Dot Earth.

The discussion will review the science on health and environmental questions, the legal issues related to food labeling and the realities of feeding not just a growing global population, but also one that is becoming more prosperous. 

Can GMOs be a part of our vision for a sustainable, equitable, and healthy world?

Free and open to the public.  Details online at www.pace.edu/foodyou.

In Person:  Pace University, 861, Bedford Road, Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center, Pleasantville

Online:  Join us on Google+ or watch live or archive on YouTube.

Moderator:

Andrew Revkin - Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times

Panelists:        

Shelley Boris - Executive Chef, Fresh Company, and author of “Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen”

Jason Czarnezki - Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Pace Law School

Nathanael Johnson - Food and Environment Reporter, Grist.org

Pamela Ronald - Director, Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation at the University of California, Davis, and co-author of “Tomorrow’sTable: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food”

Anthony Watts, the climate skeptic blogger, asked me to comment on a cartoon published online by The Times exploring ways to use the 2014 “icicle surplus” and including this one. Here’s what I told him:
I find the final panel in this cartoon on uses for surplus icicles to be the antithesis of humor. But some artists, like some bloggers, seem to thrive on edge pushing. Andres Serrano (“Immersion: Piss Cross”) comes to mind. There are many others. We are quite a species.
Updated, 2:47 p.m. | It’s worth saying more. This cartoon is right up there with the “pretty edgy” 2010 climate-campaign video showing a teacher blowing up students who didn’t sign on to cut their carbon footprints.
Both are great attention getters, and were utterly stupid if the goal was do accomplish anything other than inflaming and dividing people on an important issue. And that would be a reprehensible goal.

Anthony Watts, the climate skeptic blogger, asked me to comment on a cartoon published online by The Times exploring ways to use the 2014 “icicle surplus” and including this one. Here’s what I told him:

I find the final panel in this cartoon on uses for surplus icicles to be the antithesis of humor. But some artists, like some bloggers, seem to thrive on edge pushing. Andres Serrano (“Immersion: Piss Cross”) comes to mind. There are many others. We are quite a species.

Updated, 2:47 p.m. | It’s worth saying more. This cartoon is right up there with the “pretty edgy” 2010 climate-campaign video showing a teacher blowing up students who didn’t sign on to cut their carbon footprints.

Both are great attention getters, and were utterly stupid if the goal was do accomplish anything other than inflaming and dividing people on an important issue. And that would be a reprehensible goal.