June 2013: 8th World Conference of Science Journalists

June 2013: 8th World Conference of Science Journalists

.Science Journalists and communicators are invited one more time to participate in the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2013) that will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from June 24-28th.

This 8th edition of the conference, under the leading theme Critical thinking in the public sphere, will be an excellent opportunity to engage in international dialogue with researchers, decision makers and citizens.
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Science literacy and climate change

Science literacy and climate change

.A new study conducted by Yale University has found that the public apathy circling the issue of climate change has very little to do with one’s scientific literacy, and a lot to do with the existing cultural or political group a person already finds themselves within.

“The aim of the study was to test two hypotheses,” said Dan Kahan, Professor at Yale Law School and a member of the study team. “The first attributes political controversy over climate change to the public’s limited ability to comprehend science, and the second, to opposing sets of cultural values. The findings supported the second hypothesis and not the first.”
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Scientists Call For Stronger Global Governance To Address Climate Change

Scientists Call For Stronger Global Governance To Address Climate Change

.Science assessments indicate that human activities are moving several of Earth’s sub-systems outside the range of natural variability typical for the previous 500000 years. Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.
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Libro: Guerras climáticas. Por qué mataremos (y nos matarán) en el siglo XXI

Libro: Guerras climáticas. Por qué mataremos (y nos matarán) en el siglo XXI

El actual modelo occidental de explotación del medio ambiente, ha provocado que los recursos naturales se estén agotando en numerosas regiones del mundo. Un total de 46 países y 2.700 millones de personas corren el riesgo de verse afectados por algún conflicto bélico incitado por las sequías, la desertificación,  etc.

Según, Harald Welzer, autor de Guerras climáticas. Por qué mataremos (y nos matarán) en el siglo XXI, el siglo que vivimos no será sólo testigo de migraciones masivas sino también de guerras por los recursos y habrá conflictos violentos entre los que pretendan alimentarse de una única porción de tierra o de beber de la misma fuente de agua. Hay conflictos actuales que ya estan relacionados en parte con el cambio climático, como es el caso de Darfur (Sudán).
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