Interesting Reads in Cyberspace: September/Early Oct 2013

Compiled by Bhavani Prakash

CLIMATE CHANGE:  THE HEAT IS ON!

1. The much awaited IPCC Report came out last month and as the Guardian reported:
In their starkest warning yet, following nearly seven years of new research on the climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said it was “unequivocal” and that even if the world begins to moderate greenhouse gas emissions, warming is likely to cross the critical threshold of 2C by the end of this century. That would have serious consequences, including sea level rises, heatwaves and changes to rainfall meaning dry regions get less and already wet areas receive more.

The report also noted that “Since the 1950’s it’s “extremely likely” that human activities have been the dominant cause of the temperature rise.”  Read  the Guardian article here

2.  This CNN video explains very simply the concept of ‘Pause’ in the context of climate change, against the backdrop of the IPCC report.

3. The Independent posted the very interesting (and sobering) infograph that Unprecendented Shift in Temperature will begin to hit the tropics in less than a decade.

 

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According to the Independent, A “meta-analysis” of future climate predictions culled from 39 global computer models used in climate research found that tropical regions are expected to cross the threshold into unprecedented climate change significantly earlier than other areas of the world.  So that isn’t very good news for most of us in Asia.

It adds without comfort that “For the business-as-usual scenario of greenhouse gas emissions, London is expected to slip into this unprecedented climate state by around 2056, whereas Nairobi will reach it in 2036, Mumbai in 2034 and Manokwari in Indonesia in 2020 – give or take five years in each location.”

 The message is loud and clear – climate change is already upon us, and we will begin to see dramatic changes within our lifetimes.

4.  The Guardian also came up with a very cool (Ok, maybe cool isn’t the word with all heat around global warming!)  interactive graph. Key in your year of birth and see how the hot the future world may look like. Here’s an example for someone born in 1970.

 

Try the interactive graph here

4.  Alex Steffen of WorldChanging.org fame, writes an eloquent commentary on the IPCC report on How to see the future through the IPCC and emphasises the importance of carbon budgets and timelines.  I quote:

“We don’t discuss enough the reality that whatever the budget we choose, at some point, we will have “spent” it and be left with a budget of zero. Yet humanity will need to zero-out our emissions within the lives of people alive today. Zero emissions will likely mean a net-zero approach, where we emit no more than carbon sinks absorb (it’s essentially impossible to eliminate all our emissions and feed billions of people). It may also not be a bold-enough goal. We may find ourselves needing to “run the clock in reverse” by not just zeroing-out but restoring the health of climate sinks, engaging in massive reforestation and sequestering carbon through approaches like agricultural biochar.”

 

 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

1. FOCUS

The hot book of the month is definitely the one by Daniel Goleman. Riding on the ‘mindfulness’ wave that is spreading across the globe (which I see as a good, and possibly of a less me-me and a more we-we trend) he describes his book in the LinkedIn article, ‘Focus: The Hidden Ingredient in Excellence’

Focus delves into new, surprising findings from neuroscience labs and explains why attention is a little-noticed mental asset that makes a huge difference in how well we find our way in our personal lives, our careers, as parents and partners, and in virtually everything we do. Like a muscle, use attention poorly and it withers; work it in the right way and it strengthens.”

2. Harvard Business Review celebrates the Rise of Compassionate Management(Finally).  

Bronwyn Fryer, the writer of the article sees a rise in the number of conferences and scholars talking about it, and that the language of compassion is emerging from CEOs like Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. According to Weiner, compassion pays off in that person’s much greater efficiency, productivity and effectiveness (and obviates later regrets). It’s not just altruism: as it turns out, companies that practice conscious capitalism perform ten times better than companies that don’t.   Definitely employee engagement is critical to an organisation’s success. The more all round compassion we practice, the better for everyone. 

When organisations begin to see that compassion extends beyond its walls, to society and the environment, it can be win-win for all.

3.  As a sustainability trainer/facilitator myself, I could really relate to this cartoon posted by David Rush on LinkedIn. Is your organisation testing its luck by not training its employees?

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(The source of the picture is unknown, and no copyright infringement is intended)

Have a great rest of the month!

 About the Writer:

Bhavani Prakash is the founder of Green Collar Asia, a thought-leadership portal on developments in the green jobs sector and sustainability, where macro-level trends, as well as insights from green professionals, entrepreneurs and experts are brought together. Green Collar Asia is the media division of Worthy Earth, a media, recruitment and training firm.

Bhavani is a speaker, trainer and writer in the environment/sustainability sector. She has an MBA (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and an M.Sc in Financial Economics from University of London. She is also a certified EQ Coach with Six Seconds.org

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