• Nature and Our Future

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  • About the Nature and Our Future Series

    The New York Academy of Sciences and Science at The Nature Conservancy renew their collaboration for a second year and present a series of public fora on conservation and conservation science issues of moment. In this three-part series, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Nature Conservancy explore some of the dynamics and critical issues involving people and nature.

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  • Past Nature and Our Future Events

    Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Adapting Cities to Climate Change in a Post-Sandy World

    Panelists: Klaus Jacob (Columbia University), Radley Horton (Columbia University), Nicole Maher (The Nature Conservancy), Rob McDonald (The Nature Conservancy), James S. Russell (Bloomberg News),
    Moderator: Andy Revkin (The New York Times)
    Organizers: Robert Lalasz (The Nature Conservancy), Michel Wahome (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    The effects of climate change have the potential to dramatically alter urban life in ways we are yet to consider. How do we go about making plans for these outcomes.

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    From Where Will The Water of the Future Come?

    Panelists: Adam Freed (Nature Conservancy), Brooke Barton (Ceres), Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute), Upmanu Lall (Columbia University), Brian Richter (The Nature Conservancy)
    Moderator: Fred Pearce
    Organizers: Robert Lalasz (The Nature Conservancy), Michel Wahome (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    Experts on water and climate, cities, food security, the role of corporations, and ecosystems discuss the most promising ways to address water security.

    Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    The Limits of the Planet: A Debate

    Moderator: David Biello (Scientific American)
    Speakers: Erle C. Ellis (University of Maryland), Bob Howarth (Cornell University ), Victor Galaz (Stockholm University), Diana Liverman (University of Arizona ), Linus Blomqvist (The Breakthrough Institute)
    Organizers: Robert Lalasz (The Nature Conservancy), Michel Wahome (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    Leading scientific figures debate whether the best path to sustainability is by stressing limits or innovation.

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  • Publications in Green Sciences

    February 2017

    Special Issue: The Year in Evolutionary Biology

    Edited by Charles W. Fox (University of Kentucky) and Timothy A. Mousseau (University of South Carolina)

    The eighth installment of this annual review series discusses various topics in evolutionary genetics and genomics and evolutionary ecology.

    Volume 1389

    January 18, 2017

    Antibiotics in Food: Can Less Do More?

    Organizers: Gary R. Acuff (Texas A&M University), Robert Brackett, (Illinois Institute of Technology), Sarah Marie Cahill (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), Bruce Cogill (Consultant), Jeffrey Farber (University of Guelph), Gilles Bergeron (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science), and Mireille Mclean (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)

    Antibiotics have been used to prevent disease and accelerate growth in animal-rearing. Driven by concerns about antibiotic resistance, reduction in antibiotic use has changed the dynamics between food supply, food safety and public health. Concurrently, scientific advances offer alternative options such as probiotics and bacteriophages. This one-day conference reviewed the implications of antibiotic use in the food system from veterinary health, human health, food safety, and food system economic perspectives, addressing questions about how agricultural use contributes to antibiotic resistance in both humans and animals, the global landscape of antibiotic use in the food system, and viable alternatives.

    October 2016

    Special Issue: Human Health in the Face of Climate Change

    Edited by Xavier Rodó (Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences)

    This Annals issue discusses the latest research on the effects of climate and environmental changes on human health, including on the transmission of infectious diseases and the epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases.

    Volume 1382

    June 2016

    Special Issue: Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats I

    Edited by Jeffrey D. Laskin (Rutgers University School of Public Health)

    Chemical threats, both accidental and deliberate, are of critical concern globally. This, the first of two Annals issues devoted to this topic, presents 23 papers that discuss various countermeasures against chemical threats.

    Volume 1374

    March 16, 2016

    Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome

    Keynote Speakers: Jo Handelsman (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), W. Ian Lipkin (Columbia University), Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and Coby Schal (North Carolina State University)

    Metagenomics uses high-throughput DNA sequencing to study the huge populations of unculturable microbes in the urban environment. This eBriefing reviews work to map the urban metagenome to probe the microbial communities in the buildings and subways, soil and sewers in our cities.

    February 12, 2016

    Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Using Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges

    Keynote Speaker: Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

    The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, highlighting the potential of dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas to improve human health and agricultural sustainability. This eBriefing considers how pulse consumption contributes to health and how food systems could be improved to promote pulse production.

    February 2016

    Special Issue: Respiratory Science

    Edited by Markus Lambertz and Steven F. Perry (University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany)

    This Annals issue presents a collection of review articles on interdisciplinary topics in respiratory science.

    Volume 1365

    January 28, 2016

    Toward Evidence-based Nutrition Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) and Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)

    Public policy for nutrition aims to assist people in making healthier food choices. This eBriefing looks at current evidence in nutrition policy making, including assessments of recent public policy interventions intended to improve nutrition and reduce obesity.

    October 2015

    The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology

    Edited by Alison G. Power (Cornell University) and Richard S. Ostfeld (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)

    The eighth installment of this Annals series presents scholarly reviews on timely topics in ecology and conservation biology.

    Volume 1355

    July 31, 2015

    Human Health in the Face of Climate Change: Science, Medicine, and Adaptation

    Keynote Speakers: Christopher Dye (World Health Organization) and Elisabet Lindgren (Stockholm University, Sweden)

    This eBriefing explores health risks associated with climate change and strategies for adapting to its effects. It also discusses the use of statistics and modeling in efforts to protect vulnerable populations and to design interventions to offset climate disruption.