The Minerva Ventures team regrets to share this sorrowful news. We worked with Joe for many years and appreciated his kind heart, deep knowledge and his passion for the role of transportation in making communities vibrant, equitable and sustainable. The Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute will strive to carry on his work and honor his memory. Please read on to learn more about his legacy.Read More
The Agreement at COP 24 provided a process for countries that are struggling to meet their emissions goals to get help in getting back on track. When world leaders signed the Paris agreement in 2015, they said they would try to limit the rise in global temperatures to roughly 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels to avoid climate-related disasters like widespread food shortages and mass coral die-offs.
But with global fossil-fuel emissions still rising each year, we are now likely to exceed that temperature threshold in the next 30 to 35 years. Currently, the world is on pace for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming or more by 2100, bringing far higher risks of deadly heat waves, floods, the collapse of polar ice caps and other potential calamities.
Under the auspices of The Rockies Institute, a Canadian NGO, Karl Van Orsdol had the opportunity to present their research on the impacts of climate change on rural and indigenous communities at the UN Action Hub, a circular venue in the heart of the COP 24’s center. The Action Hub was designed to provide a space to showcase and appraise climate action initiatives.Read More
Climate change is not just an existential threat. Climate change is fundamentally interfering the way the living and geophysical systems of the planet operate. Therefore, we must transform everything…Read More
The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from September 12-14 was a thrilling call to action. Mae Jamison, astronaut, spoke of the fragile beauty of the earth, isolated in space. Read on for some highlights from the week.Read More
Recently, Minerva’s Karl Van Orsdol, completed a climate vulnerability assessment project in the town of Kuboes, South Africa. Kuboes (Population 1,000) is an isolated indigenous community of Nama Peoples located in the Northern Cape province which, like Cape Town some 600 km to the south, has been reeling under the affects of a major drought. Click to find out more…Read More
Update on Karl’s adventures in South Africa 1) to build a rain water collection system at a school which had no permanent water source, and 2) to study the way that rural communities like Kuboes are adapting to the changing climate in South Africa. Click the link to learn more…Read More
I never expected to see the picture of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals all over Osaka, Japan this spring…Please read on to find out what is happening over there…Read More
Suicide is on the rise throughout the U.S. Can we design communities to reduce isolation and increase connectedness and resilience?Read More
Humans must transform how we related to the earth and to one another so that we repair and restore the life support systems of the planet. We are but a thread in the web of life and simply tweaking our behavior to be "less bad" or to gradually reduce carbon emissions will not suffice. We need to take bold actions for restoration, based on an understanding of complex systems. We need to cherish and nurture the Earth systems and resources and not exploit them.Read More
Two new films make the case for nuclear energy solutions for climate change. Read about the new films “The New Fire” and “Pandora’s Promise” and join the debate on nuclear energy. Is it necessary for a renewable energy future, or are the hazards too great? Many climate activists are taking a second look.Read More