Archiving as Activism: Environmental Justice in the Trump Era (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive Blog: Archiving as Activism: Environmental Justice in the Trump Era. “In November 2016, the U.S. elected a new president who had sworn to roll back important environmental protections, dismantle the EPA, and who had once called climate change a ‘hoax.’ In the context of warming global temperatures, rising tides, and oil pipeline battles, a dozen colleagues at universities and nonprofits across the country got together online, and decided to do something. We were concerned about the continued existence of federal environmental agencies—particularly in their abilities to protect the most vulnerable among us—as well as the preservation and accessibility of important environmental and climate data. More broadly, we were concerned with the collective investment in public research and agencies.”

People and plants: Working together for the planet (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: People and plants: Working together for the planet . “Plants, People, Planet, a cross-disciplinary Open Access journal, launches today with its first issue. Plants, People, Planet will publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion and review that focuses on the connections between plant science and society. The new journal aims to celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and peoples’ daily lives.”

University of Washington: UW, Tableau create interactive tool to explore more than a century of Pacific Northwest weather observations

University of Washington: UW, Tableau create interactive tool to explore more than a century of Pacific Northwest weather observations. “The University of Washington’s College of the Environment has teamed up with Seattle visual analytics company Tableau Software to create a new, interactive visualization for historical observations of temperature and precipitation in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana, and for Washington snowpack. The free online tool lets anybody interact with the records going back as far as 1881 and look for significant trends.”

Corporate respect for human rights: A driver for sustainable development (Danish Institute for Human Rights)

Danish Institute for Human Rights: Corporate respect for human rights: A driver for sustainable development. “A new database is created to inspire companies by illustrating how other companies’ concrete actions to avoid and address their salient human rights issues can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Harvard Gazette: Critical collections

Harvard Gazette: Critical collections. “More than a century ago, when botanists and naturalists were in the field collecting plant and animal specimens, they couldn’t have imagined that scientists would one day be able to extract DNA from samples to understand how plants and animals are related to one another. They couldn’t have imagined that their collections could one day shed light on the effects of global climate change, or the emergence and spread of pathogens, the spread of fungal-driven amphibian extinction, or the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing pollution in the U.S.”

Alphr: Online database to show impact of climate change on North Pole

Alphr: Online database to show impact of climate change on North Pole. “A new database has been created to help track the effects of climate change on the North Pole. Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have developed a system, called ArcCI (or Arctic CyberInfrastructure), which combines thousands of images from 1998 to the present day of the Arctic Ocean.”