Archive for March, 2014

IPCC report: “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change”

The Chairman of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said today that:

Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change

Professor Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC

The Report’s Chair says that:

We have to re-frame climate change as an exciting challenge for the most creative minds.

Dr Chris Field, Report Chair

 

See the BBC’s coverage here.

 

Read the Report here.

 

Climate Girl – Parrys Raines – award winner

Parrys Raines is a great friend of Sculpt the Future Foundation and the Plastiki.  Her website Climate Girl provides inspiration for any young person who wants to effect change towards a more positive future for the planet.

It is therefore no surprise, but very pleasing, that Parrys has won a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation award in the Environmental category.

Keep an eye on Parrys – she IS a STAR!!

Parrys – part of the Plastiki Team – Sydney 2010

 

 

 

Professor Bryan Clarke dies – founder of the Frozen Ark Project

Professor Bryan Clarke was instrumental in the founding of the ‘Frozen Ark’ project – to save samples of frozen cells containing DNA from endangered species – the animal equivalent of the ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ created by Kew Gardens to conserve the seeds of the world’s plants.

In 1971 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Genetics at Nottingham University and remained there until his retirement in 1997.  Professor Clarke died on 27 February 2014 aged 81.

Professor Clarke was an inspiration to thousands of students and it is said, due to his research on snails, that he gave his name to the snail in The Magic Roundabout.

The snail Cepaea nemoralis (ALAMY)

Read full obituary in The Telegraph.

 

Climate Week | 3 – 9 March 2014

Climate Week 2014 starts today.

 

 

Go to the website to see how easy it is to join in.

 

Oldest Living Things Project – Book

Rachel Sussman’s ‘Oldest Living Things’ project was supported by the Foundation and the book is due out on 22 April 2014 in both the UK and the US.

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Go to Rachel’ site to read more.