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http://environment.yale.edu/kroon/index.php The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Kroon Hall will be a truly sustainable building: a showcase of the latest developments in green building technology, a healthy and supportive environment for work and study, and a beautiful building that actively connects students, faculty, staff, and visitors with the natural world. Kroon will also be the new center of environmental activities on the Yale campus and an anchor for long-term sustainable development of Science Hill.

Interesting link of a video interviewing Steven Chu. Although a Nobel Laureate and Stanford Professor, his background in high school may strike you as interesting because he wasn't always an Ivy League scholar. Here, Steven Chu has a conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about scientific inquiry and the evolution of Chu's own research interests. Listen to these stories and you will see his natural tendency to collaborate, too. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-7gWsoXtUw

January 31, 2009: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99952246&ft=1&f=1025

I chose this story because I assumed that someone would discuss Gore's Senate testimony from this week and the impending IPCC Conference at Copenhagen. This interview involves Stanford University biology professor Stephen Schneider, who worked with Gore when they both achieved the Nobel Prize. This story will be useful to us because we can exploit some key terms and learn more about what type of role the US will adapt in December at Copenhagen. Following this IPCC story could provide us with productive material; it may also lead us towards more experts and skeptics.

January 24, 2009: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=09-P13-00004&segmentID=3
This story, Weathering Climate Change, is a story from the radio program Living on Earth, a weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. This story captures a collaborative team of experts trying to understand more of the details of the disruption that climate change that is already affecting ecosystems in local areas, such as Massachusetts' Mt. Watatic. This story is also useful to us because the collaborative effort among

The story captures an insight about collaboration that speaks to the importance of collaboration; it is a skill that you will need in the future, and in the study of Climate Change, it is an important skill because understanding our complex topic requires a synergy of expert perspectives. "Ecosystems are infinitely complex and climate change models only hint at the exquisite nature of a place. So here in Massachusetts a unique team has come together. It's a collaborative effort, bringing together state officials, applied scientists, field researchers and non-governmental organizations leveraging their expertise and experience to find habits affected by climate change and help them adapt."
Exploit these items for future research: http://www.manomet.org/
biologist Hector Galbraith Director of the Climate Change Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Andy Finton is director of conservation science with the state chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Joining state forester John Scanlon and biologist Hector Galbraith and me on our hike up Mt. Watatic is Mary Griffin, Massachusetts Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife.

January 8, 2009: http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009901090335

Study warns of dire overheating of crops, food crisis by 2100

This article attempts to highlight attention to impact that climate change might have on our global agriculture system. The study was undertaken because of the lack of research on this aspect of the global climate issue. "Data were based on observations and 23 global climate models used for the milestone 2007 report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."

Useful to our future work were the comments doubting the "scariness" of the report; Pat Michaels of the Cato Institute refuted the interpretation of the data on the basis that farmers and crops can adapt; he cites recent trends for support. His skepticism is based in logic; but does it neglect proper considerations of future conditions? Does he consider more complex issues such as bee colony collapse, which may be due to the rising temperatures? NB: bees pollenate one third of our food supply in America.
Several items may help future research and future HOT Logs; Science is a prominent journal; we may also find great skeptics to global climate change in the Cato Institute. We should also consider future study of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as it has been mentioned in several HOT Logs already.
Ouch: http://www.catostore.org/index.asp?fa=ProductDetails&method=&pid=1441420

Read/listen to this 12/29/08 article about solving the methane emissions (greenhouse gas) problem in Ireland with a scientific point of view; note how the solution will involve scientist and politicians collaborating.