Global Climate Change
Learn how climate change is impacting our environment and our lives, and how science is seeking to slow these effects and provide innovative solutions.
Published January 17, 2013
Internationally, the scientific opinion on climate change is unequivocal—the earth is warming and human activities are, in fact, contributing to this phenomenon. Explore how precious resources, infrastructures, and ecosystems are being impacted by climate change, as well as efforts to mitigate the impact through alternative energies and preventive measures, with the Academy resources below.
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 events on current conservation and conservation science issues. In this three-part series, speakers will explore the dynamics and critical issues involving people and nature. Register for all three events in this series and save!
Adapting Cities to Climate Change in a Post-Sandy World
The effects of climate change have the potential to dramatically alter urban life in ways we have yet to consider. What does the current state of science tell us about what cities should be doing to prepare for these effects (particularly if they are much more intense than previously assumed)? Photo Credit: That Hartford Guy
From Where Will The Water of the Future Come?
Billions globally lack access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation. Water will be stressed to almost unimaginable levels as the global population continues to grow and the effects of climate change become more frequent and intense. Where will the solutions come from and can we implement them without destroying biodiversity?
The Limits of the Planet: A Debate
Have human activities pushed Earth's resources and ecosystems close to the breaking point? Is massive environmental and social disruption just over the horizon? Can science provide us with innovations that will allow the planet to overcome its biophysical constraints and keep growing?
The True Cost of Water
The availability of water for sustainable human development and healthy functioning of Earth's ecosystem has never been more pressing an issue than it is today. Explore the economic optimization of water usage to establish long-term sustainability of water resources.
Will Technology Let Us Avoid the Limits to Growth?
Explore an updated view of the 1972 hit book, The Limits to Growth, with thoughts by an original author of the book and by a world-renowned industrial ecologist.
Market Makers: Developing and Deploying Energy Efficiency Technology in NYC
By 2050, the global population will approach 9 billion, escalating the burden on our energy resources. Explore how New York City has been emerging as one of the leaders in clean technology solutions, with efforts to become a more energy-efficient city.
Creating the Next Conservation Movement — Or Do We Even Need One?
How can we build a new U.S. conservation and environmental movement to meet the challenges of the new century ... or is the desire to mainstream environmentalism just a symptom of the problem?
Energy for the Next 20 Years: Protecting the Environment and Meeting Our Demands
How can Earth possibly meet its growing energy demands without destroying the environment? Experts on wind, nuclear, hydropower, and other energy forms debate the most promising paths forward in this eBriefing.
Flood-Resilient Waterfront Development in New York City: Bridging Flood Insurance, Building Codes, and Flood Zoning
This study seeks to provide guidance for advancing the goals of NYC Vision 2020 by assessing how flood insurance, flood zoning, and building code policies can contribute to waterfront development that is more resilient to climate change.
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