What the IPCC Special Report Is and Says – In Short

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body. It deals in facts not policy; facts not politics. It is to help policy-makers and politicians to make policy. This week the IPCC released its report that will be guidance for CoP24 , the Council of the Parties (countries) meeting for the 24th time.… Continue reading What the IPCC Special Report Is and Says – In Short

How do the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relate to The Paris Agreement?

There are 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs -- seventeen ways that individuals and businesses and countries can contribute to a more sustainable world for all: happier, healthier, and more equitable. The SDGs address poverty, equality, education, health, life on land and below water, livable communities, and more. Number 13 is about the… Continue reading How do the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relate to The Paris Agreement?

“BiodiverCity” in San Francisco

I want to share what I learned during an afternoon at an event at the Exploratorium during the Global Climate Action Summit in California. The focus was the amazing array of biodiversity activities taking place all across San Francisco. During the BiodiverCity Summit (get it?),  we heard from about from about twenty nonprofit and government… Continue reading “BiodiverCity” in San Francisco

Book Review: The Ark & Beyond – The Evolution of Zoo Conservation

Editors: Ben Minteer, Jane Maienschein, James Collins with a Forward by George Rabb. University of Chicago: 2018. If I were teaching a graduate course, or indoctrinating new board members, I’d make this required reading. And if I were leading the zoo or aquarium I would have my staff read it together, section by section, across a… Continue reading Book Review: The Ark & Beyond – The Evolution of Zoo Conservation

Why Cultural Institutions are Part of the Global Climate Action Summit

When the World comes to San Francisco in September for the Global Climate Action Summit, the country's cultural institutions will welcome everyone. Museums, aquariums, arts associations, heritage sites, and science centers will be hosting many of the 200+ events associated with the Summit, this global meeting of "actors" - national and subnational - working together… Continue reading Why Cultural Institutions are Part of the Global Climate Action Summit