GreenKnow responds simply to the worldwide need for information in support of survival. Given the circumstance, understanding our place in the environment—that is, the Biogeosphere—allows us to manage many challenges and opportunities that face individuals as well as society.
Old and newly emerging disease; water, food and fiber production, distribution and shortage; chemical contamination and exposure—each embodies distinct environmental linkages that can be understood better with access to factual, science-based information, knowledge and accumulated wisdom.
For example, paint a scenario with a human population of 6.4 billion—with nearly 854 million men, women and children chronically hungry—where, in all, over 2 billion people lack food security—we have a problem. Identifying, gathering, assessing and judging, and communicating factual and reliable environmental and human health information is recognized as critical to management of this problem.
An exemplary set of environmental and human health information resources is embodied in the rapidly growing Earth Portal (in particular, its open access, peer-reviewed Encyclopedia of Earth).
Readers are invited—if fact, encouraged—to use GreenKnow to access these resources; and to share their experiences in identifying and using defensible, scientific information in support of their personal and environmental health circumstances.
The Green Jobs Act
The Green Jobs Act will create green pathways out of poverty in this country. Working with allies, Green For All got the program included in the Energy Bill of...
Science NationLast Updated on 2009-06-03 10:17:10The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the first in a series of video programs called Science Nation, which examine breakthroughs and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. NSF says
"We are pleased to be able to educate and engage the American public about the diverse range of NSF-funded cutting-edge research that is going on every day," said Jeff Nesbit, director of NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. "Each week, Science Nation will take a dynamic, entertaining look at the research, and the researchers, that will change our lives."
Q: How do such initiatives as Science Nation affect your understanding of the ubiquity of science? More »
Careers Away from the BenchLast Updated on 2009-04-24 19:40:08Career Trends:
Careers Away from the Bench
Increasingly, Ph.D.-level scientists are searching for career opportunities beyond bench research. Not only are scientists interested in pursuing nonresearch-based careers, but the contrast between the number of graduate students and postdocs, and the limited availability of tenure-track faculty positions means that these are no longer "alternative" career options. From technology specialists to patent attorneys to policy advisers, you can learn more about the sorts of careers that scientists can pursue and the skills you will need to develop in order to succeed in nonresearch careers.
To download your complimentary booklet courtesy of Science/AAAS, click here. More »
Focus: Impacts of Humans and Their Economy on the EnvironmentLast Updated on 2009-02-27 21:45:49The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to the scientific community ". . . encouraging increased research . . . on the links among environment, society and the economy."
Image Above: NSF is supporting research on climate change and Earth's environment, society and economy. Credit: Department of Sustainability and Environment, State of Victoria, Australia More »
DiscussionCentral on Green Growth: Myths and Realities About Green JobsLast Updated on 2009-01-16 00:00:00Testimony before the Select Committee on
Energy Independence and Global Warming
Q: After reviewing the testimony below, what is your perspective on the " green myths" addressed by Mr. Jones?
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Van Jones, J.D.
President, Green For All
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Opportunities For Green Growth: Myths & Realities About Green Jobs
Chairman Markey and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today.
I am here representing Green For All, a national organization dedicated to helping to build an inclusive, green economy – strong enough to lift millions of people out of poverty.
I first testified before this esteemed committee in May 2007. At that time, the term “green collar job” only rarely had been heard in the halls of Congress. The term... More »
Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the NationLast Updated on 2009-01-07 00:00:00Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the Nation
The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) kicked off Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009) -- a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration--this week in Boston at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. COPUS, which represents more than 500 organizations, is celebrating how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters. Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, broadcast every week on National Public Radio, launched the week’s events with a plenary presentation encouraging scientists to get involved in communicating and sharing the excitement of science at every opportunity.
Flatow said: “If you don’t stand up for science, then no one else is going to do it. We as journalists and scientists have to figure out ways to share science in plain English whenever possible.” This... More »
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