No one likes being preached to, and that doesn't bode well for any documentary that sets out to tackle climate change. The latest attempt at this is a semi futuristic, semi-documentary film called The Age of Stupid. It kicks off in 2055, on a flooded, damaged, inhospitable Earth. Somewhere in the midst of an ocean a lone man lives in a massive tower. The man, played by Pete Postlethwaite, muses about why humans did not do something to stop climate change when there was still time to - which is to say, now.
Tuesday 01 Dec 2009
An Integrated Ecosystem Management Approach to Conserve Biodiversity prepared by Tiina Kurvits, Thor Larsen, and Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council, was released at the recent Arctic Council Ministerial meeting.The report highlights some of the main achievements of ECORA over the last 5 years. The project results represent the efforts of many people and organizations across Russia and the other Arctic nations.
The report is available as PDF: English (5.7mb) Russian (2mb)
Wednesday 18 Nov 2009
In August 2009, GRID-Arendal celebrates its 20th -year anniversary.
Tuesday 28 Jul 2009
GRID-Arendal is proud to launch its newest edition of EarthWire.
EarthWire Marine is an environment news service that brings the latest news on the marine environment to you daily. The service collects news from media sources on the Internet, press releases and news from research organisations, environmental organizations and the public sector.
Tuesday 09 Jun 2009
GRID-Arendal staff celebrates World Oceans Day to highlight the many ways in which oceans contribute to society by jumping into the water just outside their offices at Rådhusbrygge at 12 o’clock on Monday 8 June. Local politicians, companies and individuals are invited to join or show their support by coming to Rådhusbrygge in their boats or kayaks.
Monday 08 Jun 2009
GRID-Arendal joins in the annual celebration of World Environment Day. Two UNEP reports, The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation and Vital Forest Graphics will be released on 5 June 2009 in Oslo and in Arendal, Norway. Both of these reports simultaneously point to the fact that conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems and the environment will not only become important, but they will provide our best and most effective way to slow down climate change. GRID Arendal has played an important role in both initiatives.
Friday 05 Jun 2009
The report, “The Environmental Food Crisis”, was launched at the 17 th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York today. It provides some new and sobering costs on how environmental degradation might impact food production, while highlighting new and promising paths.
Read the full press release | View the report online
Thursday 14 May 2009
The OECD has just released Natural Resources and Pro-Poor Growth.The Economics and Politics. This publication is intended to help decision makers in developing countries.
Wednesday 11 Feb 2009
GRID-Arendal wrote and produced a booklet on uses of satellite-based monitoring in adapting to climate change in regions influenced by ice and snow that was released at the UNFCCC Climate Change COP 14 in Poznan, Poland this month . The booklet features case studies on climate change adaptation in marine navigation in ice-infested waters, flood preparedness, hydroelectric generation, and sustaining Arctic indigenous communities. It was produced using examples from Polar View, a consortium of public and private sector Earth Observation service providers working through the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative supported by the European Space Agency and a contributor to the Nairobi Work Programme on Climate Change Adaptation.
Thursday 04 Dec 2008
A briefing event in connection with the release of the World Resources Report 2008 Roots of Resilience: Growing the Wealth of the Poor was held on 11 November 2008 at the Engebret Cafe in Oslo. Jointly organized by GRID-Arendal and the World Resources Institute, the event aimed at raising awareness about the report and its contents and to create a forum to debate and respond to the issues addressed in the report.
Friday 07 Nov 2008