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Rio+20: A New Agenda for Sustainability – or More of the Same?

Robert Engelman

President, Worldwatch Institute

Reid Detchon

Vice President for Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation

David Sandalow

Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, Department of Energy

22 Feb 2012 - 3:00pm

Video available at Wilson Center site

Sustainable Solutions for the Planet’s Energy Challenge

Greg Kats, President Capital E and author of “Greening Our Built World”

25 Jan 2012 - 3:00pm

The environmental challenges of climate change, energy demands, and natural resource loss continue to mount. World population hit seven billion on Halloween and is projected to go to ten billion if not more. The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest in 130 years of recorded global temperatures and 2010 was the warmest year yet recorded. Extinction rates are 1000 times base rates. The Amazon had the greatest drought in recorded history in 2010. Droughts, floods, wildfires, and probably intense tropical storms are becoming more frequent.

Government Leadership in Sustainability

Martha Johnson, Administrator, General Services Administration

14 Dec 2011 - 3:00pm

As the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Martha Johnson is responsible for annual government purchases of over $65 billion and more than 360 million square feet of federal real estate. She will discuss GSA’s initiative to aggressively pursue a zero environmental footprint (ZEF) that will reduce waste, support innovation, and boost efficiency across federal buildings, operations, and acquisition.

Managing The Planet: The Road to Rio+20

Ambassador Luis Alberto Figueiredo MachadoUnder-Secretary for Environment, Energy, Science, and Technology at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jacob Scherr Director of Strategy and Advocacy, Natural Resources Defense Council

Richenda Van Leeuwen Senior Director, Energy and Climate, UN Foundation

16 Nov 2011 - 3:00pm

 

Enhancing Public Engagement in Climate Change: The 2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year

Edward Maibach Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Pic Walker Director, Alliance for Climate Education

Matthew Lappe Program Officer, Alliance for Climate Education

8 Jun 2011 - 3:00pm

"Excellence in climate communication has to do with public engagement – communication that expands the portion of the public that is engaged in this issue and enhances their degree of engagement," said Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.

Managing the Oceans

Jane Lubchenco Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Enric Sala Marine Ecologist, Ocean Fellow at the National Geographic Society

18 May 2011 - 3:00pm

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator will discuss the fact that it is a critical time for our oceans and coasts. The oceans are changing; our uses of the oceans are changing; … our expectations and demands of the oceans and coastal areas are changing. The decisions we make now will impact the global health of the oceans for generations.

A Dialogue on Managing the Planet

Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, National Geographic

Molly Jahn, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Genetics

Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, and Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

Moderated by:
Juliet Eilperin, Reporter, The Washington Post

19 Jan 2011 - 3:00pm

The environmental challenges of climate change, ecosystem change, energy demands, and demographic trends continue to mount. The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest in 130 years of recorded global temperatures and 2010 may be close to the warmest year yet recorded. Extreme events related to the environment – such as the major wildfires in Russia, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, devastating floods in Pakistan and Australia, and record drought in the Amazon basin – are becoming more frequent.

Film Screening "Hope in a Changing Climate"

Jonathan Halperin and Dann Sklarew

26 Apr 2010 - 5:00pm

“Hope in a Changing Climate” film screening at Mason's Arlington campus. The film will be followed by a co-facilitated discussion by Jonathan Halperin (Executive Director of the Environmental Education Media Project, Member of Climate and Society at Mason) and Dann Sklarew (Associate Professor with the Environmental Science and Policy Department at Mason.)

Managing the Planet - Is 2º Too Much?

Tom Lovejoy, Andrew Light, Susan Crate, James Kinter, Franklin Dukes, Edward Maibach

26 Apr 2010 - 4:00pm

Population growth, land use change, global warming, degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity - we have entered an era where we can no longer assume that human actions have small consequence for the planet. We have no choice but to manage the planet - to make responsible choices resource exploitation, energy use, environmental protection, food production.

Notes from the COP

Here are my notes and observations from COP15 to date.  By being right inside the Bella Center, I am able to bring you the latest news that I can read from the Washington Post, NY Times and International Herald Tribune from my iPhone over the free and open WiFi.  I can also report on very interesting views expressed at Side Events, where the speakers were able to read the Times before I did. (I believe that there are more camera men here than reporters, more reporters than NGO observers, and more observers than national delegates.  I must say that I am particularly ashamed that I have to walk around without a cameraman following me.)  

 

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