Tagged: food

Fireflies, luuurve and NASA - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 15, 2012

In this newest animated video from fellow Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles (Infectious Thoughts) explains how fireflies* use bioluminescence to find love (or the firefly equivalent), and, well, food. And it then goes on to explain how the chemical reaction used to produce that light, can be exploited to help us test for bacterial presence.  In your [...] … Read More

International Year of Chemistry Events in Christchurch - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Aug 03, 2011

This month is a busy one for organisers of events in Canterbury to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. We have two events rapidly approaching. A Soupçon of Science: Creativity at the Interface of Chemistry and Cuisine Thursday August 18th , 5.30 pm, D-Lecture theatre, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology This is a free public lecture which explores the of … Read More

Revolution and realism required: UN report - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 14, 2011

I’ve been looking at the The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation which Gareth drew attention to in his recent post.  It’s a long document prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), not intended for casual consumption, and I haven’t read all 250 pages.  But the [...] … Read More

Oxfam on food justice: clearheaded and admirable - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 22, 2011

I thought of Oxfam’s recent report on food justice while I was reviewing Christian Parenti’s book Tropic of Chaos. He wrote of how climate change impacts are compounding the existing economic and political problems of many poorer populations. This is also very evident in Oxfam’s report on the alarming new surge in hunger as higher [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #7: Box and Boxsters — the cryosphere special - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 17, 2011

Highlight of this week’s show is a fascinating — and sobering — interview with Greenland expert Professor Jason Box. His perspective on current events in the Arctic — from the dangers of permafrost methane, through rapid warming over Greenland and the potential impacts on sea level is essential listening and viewing. And he can surf, [...] … Read More

Lester Brown: Russian heat hits world grain supplies - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 13, 2010

One of the things that persuaded Gwynne Dyer that it was time to write his book Climate Wars was the realisation that “the first and most important impact of climate change on human civilization will be an acute and permanent crisis of food supply”. He’s not the only one to recognise that. Many of us [...] … Read More