jueves, 19 de agosto de 2010

Charlas interesantes TED

Charla del Ecólogo marino Jeremy Jackson sobre "Cómo destruimos el océano"


Jeremy Jackson: Marine ecologist

A leader in the study of the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, Jeremy Jackson is known for his deep understanding of geological time.

Why you should listen to him: Jeremy Jackson is the Ritter Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Painting pictures of changing marine environments, particularly coral reefs and the Isthmus of Panama, Jackson's research captures the extreme environmental decline of the oceans that has accelerated in the past 200 years.

Jackson's current work focuses on the future of the world’s oceans, given overfishing, habitat destruction and ocean warming, which have fundamentally changed marine ecosystems and led to "the rise of slime." Although Jackson's work describes grim circumstances, even garnering him the nickname Dr. Doom, he believes that successful management and conservation strategies can renew the ocean’s health.

Jeremy Jackson

Email:   jbjackson@ucsd.edu
Office:  304 Vaughan hall

Jeremy Jackson is Director of CMBC,  the William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama. He was Professor of Ecology at the Johns Hopkins University from 1971 to 1985. Dr. Jackson is the author of more than100 scientific publications and five books. His current research includes the long-term impacts of human activities on the oceans and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the gradual formation of the Isthmus of Panama. He co-founded the Panama Paleontology Project in 1986, an international group of some 30 scientists, to help support his isthmian research. He has also worked extensively on the ecology of coral reef communities and the tempo and mode of speciation in the sea. Dr. Jackson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received the Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service of the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 and the UCSD Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in 2002. His work on overfishing was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding environmental achievement of 2001. He has served on committees and boards of the World Wildlife Fund US, the National Research Council, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Science Commission of the Smithsonian Institution.

Recent Publications
Worm B, Barbier EB, Baumont N, Duffy JE, Foke C, Halpern BS, Jackson JBC, Lotze HK, Micheli F, Palumbi SR, Sala E, Selkoe KA, Stochowicz JJ & Watson R (2006) Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science 314:787-790
McClenachan L, Jackson JBC  & Newman MJH (2006) Conservation implications of historic sea turtle nesting loss. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 4:290-296

Newman MJH, Paredes GA, Sala E & Jackson JBC (2006) Structure of Caribbean coral reef communities across a large gradient of fish biomass. Ecology Letters 9:1216-1227

Lotze HK, Lenihan HS, Bourque BJ, Bradbury RH, Cooke RG, Kay MC, Kidewell SM, Kirby MX, Peterson CH & Jackosn JBC (2006) Depletion, degradation, and recovery potential of estuaries and coastal seas. Science 312:1806-1809

Jackson JBC, Ogden JC, Pandolfi JM, Baron N, Bradbury RH, Guzman HM, Hughes TP, Kappel CV, Micheli F, Possingham HP, Sala E (2005) Reassessing U. S. coral reefs. Science 308:1741-1742

Eldredge N, Thompson JN, Brakefield PM, Gavrilets S, Jablonski D, Jackson JBC, Lenski RE, Lieberman BS, McPeek, MA, & Miller, W (2005) The dynamics of evolutionary stasis. Paleobiology 31 (Supplement S):133-145

Pandolfi JM, Jackson JBC., Baron N, Bradbury RH, Guzman H., Hughes TP, Micheli F, Ogden J, Possingham H, Kappel CV, & Sala E (2005) Are US coral reefs on the slippery slope to slime? Science 307:1725-1726

 Charla Jason Clay: Market transformer

Jason Clay is a WWF vice-president who works with big corporations to transform the global markets they operate in, so we can produce more with less land, less water and less pollution.

Why you should listen to him: Jason Clay's ideas are changing the way governments, foundations, researchers and NGOs identify and address risks and opportunities for their work. He brings people together to improve environmentally sensitive practices in agriculture and aquaculture. Jason's goal is to create global standards for producing and using raw materials, particularly in terms of carbon and water. He has convened industry roundtables of retailers, buyers, producers and environmentalists to reduce the key impacts of producing soy, cotton, sugarcane, salmon, shrimp, mollusks, catfish and tilapia.

Clay ran a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and spent more than 25 years working with human rights and environmental organizations before joining WWF in 1999.

"Our goal is to figure out how to produce more with less land, less water and less pollution, so we won't be the only species left living on this planet." (Jason Clay)
WWF vice-president 


  • PhD - Anthropology and international agriculture, Cornell University
  • MS - Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Read Economics - London School of Economics
  • BA - Anthropology, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise

  • Indigenous people - nation/state conflicts, natural resource management, global trends
  • Corporate Social Responsibility - reducing social and environmental risks, water and carbon neutrality, value chain management
  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Impact assessments of large-scale development projects
  • Trend Analysis - the implications of biofuels, metric-based standards for agriculture and aquaculture, animal protein consumption
Charla de Jay Walker sobre: A que se debe la Ingles-mania"

miércoles, 18 de agosto de 2010

Stanford's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)


The Stanford Challenge: Working for a Sustainable Future

 “Through The Stanford Challenge, we can make a difference in the earth’s future.”

The Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability is headed by Jeffrey Koseff, Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Jr., and Pamela Matson. Koseff is director of the Woods Institute for the Environment, the William Alden and Martha Campbell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, professor of chemical engineering (by courtesy), and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Thompson is director of the Woods Institute, the Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, and senior fellow at FSI. Matson is the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, the Burton J. and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and senior fellow at both the Woods Institute and FSI. These faculty have more than 70 years combined research experience in environmental issues.

jueves, 12 de agosto de 2010



La transición hacia un mundo sin petróleo es un documental en el cual Rob Hopkins un destacado permacultor inglés (un diseñador de habitats humanos sustentables y sistemas agricolas que imita las relaciones encontradas en los patrones de la naturaleza es es decir que se vale de métodos naturales para la supervivencia) y autor de una serie de libros de éxito a nivel mundial como ‘Woodlands for West Cork!’, ‘Energy Descent Pathways’ y el mas reciente ‘The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience’. El documental nos da una pincelada de la actual economía mundial basada en el petróleo, como nos hemos vuelto dependientes de este y que es lo que podemos hacer desde ahora para resistir el futuro colapso inminente provocado por el agotamiento de este hidrocarburo.