Climate change is now clear that it is happening and there is no doubt about that. The earth is facing a crisis that follows on from the one that Rachel Carson foresaw "environmental change" (in this case, by humans, and to the detriment of the biosphere). AUC is concerned that many in our collective "scientific" communities have concluded that the root of all evil is carbon dioxide. In reality there is much more that drives climate change than CO2. e.g. a range of gases, including water, methane etc. particulate matter, and more importantly perhaps the great cycles, such as the Milankovitch Cycle(s).
The greatest concern of AUC is that many CSOs, researchers, among others naively believe that "we" can stop climate change. Yet this is not. Although this is not to say that humans do not contribute to emissions, as that would be patently wrong. Nonetheless interestingly CO2 levels have been much higher in the past, and have led to positive environmental change, such as the formation of vast forests. However, by talking "climate change" in the way many do, we are giving the public the impression that humans are in control of the Earth's climate. In truth we are not.
It has been concerned that in the rush to embrace CO2 control, "we" have forgotten about all the other very nasty things that we are doing, polluting with organo-halide compounds, and organophosphates. AUC accepted the environmental stewards... Read More
AUC along with other global unions and institutions of innovations are currently implementing a project “Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”. The project is supported by the International Council for Science (ICSU) through International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) the lead organisation in implimenting the project code-named as TROP-ICSU. The project to-date is focusing on developing:
This event brought together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologists. They discussed how data from paleontology, modern ecology, and conservation biology can be integrated to provide a comprehensive framework for monitoring and measuring ecosystem structure and function through space and time to determine how climate has changed over time.
Since 2015, AUC has benefited from the Integrative Climate Change Biology (iCCB), a programme of IUBS to build capacity among African scientists. Recently a SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOP was organised between MARCH 6TH -8TH , 2017 at NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA, NAIROBI. The workshop focused on the "TRAITS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE".
The workshop consisted academia, curators, heads of departments of museums, researchers, NGO/CSOs, both from north and south countries representatives. This is the first workshop to be organized in the region. The workshop was organized by the following iCCB team;
Dr. Jason J. Head (PhD)
University Lecturer and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Department of Zoology & University Museum of Zoology
Downing St. University of Cambridge
Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und
Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin
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