Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Ethiopia: A Land in Need

Thanks to:
David Jarzen, University of Florida
Meg Lowman, North Carolina State University
Susan Jarzen, University of Florida

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Three Elephants in the Living Room at Copenhagen

With good intentions, delegates arrived from 192 nations in Copenhagen, Denmark last week for the UNFCCC (United Nationals Framework for Climate Change Convention). Their goal was to meet, talk, draft, edit and finalize a document to limit carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere, a resource that every

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Black Carbon — A Possible “Quick Fix” to Slow Global Warming?

How ethics underpins all of the UNFCCC decisions
“If ninety-eight doctors say my son is ill and needs medication, and two say ‘No, he doesn’t he is fine.’ I will go with the ninety-eight. It’s common sense – the same with global warming. We go with the majority,

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The Governator brings HOPE to Copenhagen

As week number two unfolds, the “big guns” are arriving at the COP15 meetings — to inspire people, to create consensus, and — as everyone hopes — to lead. Featured speakers include Wangari Maathai, heads of all the Amazon Basin states, John Kerry, Arnold Schwarzennegger, Desmond Tutu,

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Windmills – Up Close and Personal

Bellona Foundation, a premier environmental solutions-based organization headquartered in Norway, hosted a boat trip to view the windmills outside of Copenhagen on Sunday, December 13. This day was otherwise a “day off” for media, NGOs, and other conference participants. Heading out to sea with a fleeting view

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Young Voices for Climate Change

Environmental Solution #3 – Engaging Youth Intellect and Enthusiasm
The youth are in Copenhagen in awesome and enthusiastic forces! Girls scouts, California activists, Midwestern voices, university environmental clubs, and organized youth demonstrators are all in Copenhagen asking for “Planet not Profit.” I caught up with Alec Loorz, Lynne

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Important Environmental Science “Hot Topics” for Florida (all of which relate to the outcomes at COP15)

“We will restore science to its rightful place.” — President Barack Obama, 2009
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In 2007, the National Academy of Sciences identified six critical environmental science issues that will drive twenty-first century America. These topics impact local and national economy as well as ecology, and

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America’s Biodiversity Expert Speaks about Climate Change and COP15

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, biodiversity chair for the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment (and honorary directory of the TREE Foundation headquartered in Sarasota, Florida) recently wrote about his scientific views of climate change in relation to the Copenhagen climate change meetings. This clear and concise

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Midway point at COP15

Saturday, December 12 marks the halfway point for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the COP working meetings this morning, the representative from Tuvalu tearfully commented to the President of COP, “Our future is in your hands, Madame President.”

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Environmental Solution #2 – “Ecosystem–based Adaptation”

Many participants at COP15 (and others around the world) feel convinced that the value of ecosystems – if calculated in the accounting for business and technology – could provide a new metric that would naturally regulate carbon emissions. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) integrates the use of biodiversity and

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