Monday, May 28, 2007

Reminder: Online Chat on June 2

Online Chat on June 2, 2007 at 8:30 pm (Taiwan time) at

Please make sure that you go to Alado before June 2 and check if you need to download any required software.

Let me know if you're having problems.

To log-in, simply enter your English name, no password is needed.

If you want to meet online before June 2, let me know when and what time so we could do a technical check.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Singapore Conference Student-Report

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Message from a 12 year old child to the United Nations Conference on the Environment

This video was shared to us Mr. Andrew Pincon,, and he said,

Message from a 12 year old child to the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Take the time to play this video, listen to the voice of our children, and then decide what you do about what you hear.
Kindest regards
Andy Pincon

I've listed a few questions based on this video and I suggest that you visit the BBS to check them out.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Suzuki Interview

David T. Suzuki PhD, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster discusses climate change.

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Watch the video and answer the following questions. Post your answers on the BBS:

1. According to David Suzuki climate change is a "slow motion catastrophe"? What do you think he meant by that?

2. Suzuki says that the media has to take responsibility for the fact that climate change is still controversial? Why?

3. What is the media's role in Global warming/climate change?

4. Why did Suzuki used the policies on 'seatbelt' and 'airbags' as examples. How are they related to the climate change issue?

5. Suzuki is an advocate for promoting people's awareness about the seriousness of climate change. As students in this course, what can you do to advocate on the same issues Suzuki is fighting for? Give suggestions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Waseda students' videos

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Waseda Student on Global Warming, click here to download (mp4) file

Global Warming Video Conference 2

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Watch the world melt away

13-minute news report from CBS

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Clean Air Technologies

When it comes to air pollution, there is good news, there is bad news, and there is reality. The good news is that during the past three decades, environmental measures and new technologies have helped reduce air pollution dramatically, by almost 50 percent. The bad news is that worldwide, the atmosphere over our cities is still smoggy, more areas are urbanizing, and the number of cars on the road is increasing. The reality is that engineers have developed dozens of creative methods to curb pollution, and although there is no magic bullet, some combination of these approaches may hold the answer. In this slide show, get to know a handful of tools for reducing and preventing air pollution.
—Lexi Krock

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Discoveries in Global Dimming

In the early 21st century, it's become clear that air pollution can significantly reduce the amount of sunlight reaching Earth, lower temperatures, and mask the warming effects of greenhouse gases. Climate researcher James Hansen estimates that "global dimming" is cooling our planet by more than a degree Celsius (1.8°F) and fears that as we cut back on the pollution that contributes to dimming, global warming may escalate to a point of no return. Regrettably, in terms of possibly taking corrective action, our current understanding of global dimming has been a long time in the coming, considering the first hints of the phenomenon date back to 18th-century observations of volcanic eruptions. In this slide show, follow a series of historic events and scientific milestones that built the case for global dimming. —Susan K. Lewis

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Dimming the Sun

The Producer's Story:
A Taxonomy of Skepticism
by David Sington

Dimming the Sun homepage

Filmmaker David Sington has been making films about the Earth sciences since 1991, but it was a film he made 10 years later called "The Day the Oceans Boiled" that really opened his eyes to the threat from global warming. "Dimming the Sun" is the second film he's done on the subject, and he's working on a third. Here, Sington offers his opinion as to why many people in the U.S., more so than in his native Europe, remain skeptical about how much global warming is due to human activities.

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2nd Video Conference

The 2nd Video Conference is on May 10, Thursday at 1:30-3:30

Students do a live presentation of the collected evidence about what their government is doing to stop global warming. Students will present and discuss their government’s plan and policies in curbing global warming.

Please arrange the presenters according to availability.

Students from Waseda will present first. We'll probably present around 2-2:30. Prof. Nakano will be joining us face-to-face. She's already here in Taiwan. Say 'hi' to her when you see her in campus.


How Taiwan Contributes to Global Warming

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