Video Games Venue for Sustainability Concepts?

How we communicate is always important, especially so when it comes to sustainability issues, report two Oregon State researchers who believe video games may help drive home wider understanding of complex issues such a climate change. Read this press release from AAAS. Could playing video games help people understand and address global sustainability issues such as pollution, drought or climate change? At least two researchers believe so, outlining their argument in a concept paper published in the journal First Monday. Video games…

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Wind Turbine Business Analysis

For those curious about the payback on wind turbines, this press release from AAAS is worth reading. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the US Pacific Northwest. Writing in the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, they conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working…

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Climate Change: A Plan to Share the Carbon Budget Burden

Climate change is an issue of urgent international importance, but for 20 years, the international community has been unable to agree on a coordinated way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a “Perspective” piece published in the June issue of Nature Climate Change, J. Timmons Roberts, the Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, proposes a four-step compromise toward emissions reduction that offers “effectiveness, feasibility, and fairness.” Their proposal comes as another major United Nations meeting on climate change approaches.…

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Climate Change at the Movies

This is an interesting study concerning how people are influenced about real or entertaining issues on subject matter such as climate change. Since we have recently published articles specifically related to facts on climate change it has been interesting watching the number of deniers who penned their two-cents-worth, arguing that the debate on climate change is no more than a liberal-driven political issue. I think we should always have facts in the proper place, whether it involves entertainment or political debate.…

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