Nov. 4: Bradley Opdyke, Senior Lecturer at Australian National University in Canberra spoke to the title: Sedimentary response to anthropogenically driven pH change in the surface ocean on the southern Great Barrier Reef. It's predicted that even a relative small drop in pH caused by an increase in CO2 will reduce calcification with subsequent loss of corals and other marine animals.
Nov. 16: Purnamita Dasgupta, an Economist from the Univ. Delhi, India, & currently a Visiting Professor at The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Baltimore, MD. She spoke to the title: Socio Economic Scenarios for India: Impacts of Climate Change through Agriculture. Half of India’s population is dependent upon agriculture for their livelihood as well as food. Therefore, it is very important to attempt to predict how Climate Change may affect their water supply and various crops.
Nov. 9: There is a good photo/audio/text spread of Ken's comments on future trends in climate science in the New York Times. You can check it out at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/09/science/20111109
Nov. 18: Luis Fernandez writes about a recently published article in the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) that profiles some of his recent work on deforestation and large- scale mercury releases from artisanal mining in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. Deforestation rates in this region have been greatly increasing because of a rise in illegal logging, and particularly in illegal gold mining which has been driven by the rise in world gold prices (currently ~$1400/oz up from ~$250/oz 8 years ago). Both of these activities have being facilitated by increased transportation access resulting from the completion of massive road projects in the region - and are projected to increase significantly in the future. The article also gives a good overview of the environmental and social dynamics in the region. It was published in a special issue on the environmental impacts of a paperless economy and the increased reliance on mined minerals.