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March 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) U.S. Customs and Border Protection: protecting American agriculture

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet It’s never a dull day in the life of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist. Combining expertise in the natural sciences with the discipline of working in a fast-paced law enforcement environment, Agriculture Specialists are trained to serve as experts in the area of agricultural inspection, border intelligence, analysis, examination and enforcement activities. PA/BCL Smith joined CBP in 2005 as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He…

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Macroeconomics in the Age of Climate Change

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, Fletcher School, Tufts University,
160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Tweet GDAE will award its 2015 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Duncan Foley and Lance Taylor. The award recognizes the contributions that these researchers have made to our understanding of the relationships between environmental quality and the macroeconomy.  As part of the ceremony, awardees willl lecture on the theme “Macroeconomics in the Age of Climate Change.” A reception will follow the ceremony.  This event is free and open to the public.  

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Air quality in developing world disaster and conflict zones: the case of Haiti

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Data on air quality are remarkably limited in the poorest of the world’s countries. This is especially true for post conflict and disaster zones, where international relief efforts focus on more salient public health challenges such as water and sanitation, infectious diseases and housing. We use post-earthquake Haiti as an example case and contend there is an unmet need for additional attention to an important health challenge. Dr. Ann Rappaport has helped develop and implement the hazardous waste regulatory program…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) The African elephant poaching crisis

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Ms. St. Clair Knobloch will discuss the poaching crisis facing African elephants – the direct causes and the indirect circumstances that worsen it — and the potential solutions. She has been particularly focused on the fate of the now critically endangered African forest elephant, on U.S. foreign policy goals in the region the forest elephants inhabit, and on how those goals are disrupted by the ivory trade. Nicole St. Clair Knobloch worked on climate policy, communications, and strategy for Ceres,…

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February 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Flooding risk and the modernization of agriculture

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Approximately 30% of the cultivated rice area in India is prone to crop damage from prolonged flooding. Dr. Emerick will discuss a two-year study in rural Odisha India investigating the effects of introducing a new flood-tolerant rice variety on farm investment. He will discuss the effects on both farm productivity and farmer decision-making. Kyle Emerick received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. His research is in development economics — with a particular focus on…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Bioethics in the 30th century: ecology, eschatology and empire in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa manga

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet The Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki is widely considered to be the world’s greatest animator. His many films include the classic ecological science fiction movie, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, set in the 30th century in a post apocalyptic world where a toxic environment threatens what is left of humanity. Less well known but even more interesting is the seven volume manga version that Miyazaki finished long after the movie’s release. A dense and morally complex vision the Nausicaa manga explores dynamics…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Using a One Health approach to respond to infectious disease outbreaks: USAID/RESPOND project in East and Central Africa

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet The USAID RESPOND project was part of multi-year multi-project effort to pre-empt or combat at their source, the first stages of zoonotic diseases that pose a significant threat to human health. It focused on eight countries in Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, areas considered “hot spots” for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Amuguni will present an overview of the RESPOND project in the last 5 years and how it has…

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January 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) MIT’s Climate CoLab: using collective intelligence to address climate change

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Wikipedia, Linux, reCAPTCHA, FoldIt, social media — these are just a few examples of how online platforms allow large numbers of people to connect and collaborate in ways that were never possible before, producing unprecedented results in global knowledge exchange, problem-solving and mobilization. Inspired by this, the researchers at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence wanted to know: how could the internet be leveraged to allow people to problem-solve at a massive — even global — scale? Could we…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Investing in sustainable well-being

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet We have entered the 21st century in a perfect storm of global challenges encompassing unprecedented wealth inequality and environmental degradation. Concurrently, we are living at a unique time in history with enormous opportunities to create solutions afforded by rapid innovations in technology, business and investment that includes a growing movement of impact investors and social entrepreneurs forging new business models and solutions that ‘do well by doing good.’ In this talk, Shaun Paul will share some of his research…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Witness Tree: What one oak tells us about our changing world and relationship with nature

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room,
Medford,
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BTQURU 03 is a spectacular, 100 year old red oak: a tagged, tracked research specimen in a long term study of changing seasons at the Harvard Forest. Sprouted back when the industrial revolution was just getting started, the oak grew to tower over what was once a farmer’s field, abandoned as people left for jobs in factories and cities – beginning the transformation of our world. Here, in this tree, is a living timeline of those social and historical changes, and their environmental consequences, observable in my tree’s growth and even its breath.

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