Conference addresses climate change

first_imgThe inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at Contact Charitha Isanaka at cisanaka@nd.edulast_img read more

Cosmos Buffaloes RFC trashed Accra Sharks RFC in Rugby Club Championship

first_imgThe defending champions of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC), Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, won their second match by beating Accra Sharks RFC 87-6 in the ongoing GRCC League on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.The Buffaloes who played largely with new players due to the transfer of 9 key players to other clubs surprised spectators with quality rugby play.According to Mr. Amuzuloh Salim, manager and coach of Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, the performance of his team on the day was beyond expectation, describing it as a shocker. Speaking to the press, Mr. Salim noted how the dream of retaining the trophy was almost shattered after selling the team’s key players to other clubs in order to raise funds for the club.He said the team’s performance has boosted their enthusiasm to fight harder to retain the trophy by the end of the season.“I’m very excited today because I wasn’t expecting my boys to play spectacularly like this looking at what happened to the club in the past two weeks where most of our key-players were sold to other clubs. I’m grateful to my boys for making me proud because initially I thought it’s impossible to retain the cup but with this performance I’m sure we can win the league again,” he said. There was a presentation of First Aid boxes to all clubs by Mr. Amuzuloh Salim, who is also a member of the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA), on behalf of GARA. Mr. Amuzuloh Salim hands over a First Aid box to Mr. Mr. Nizar El-Aschkar, owner of Accra Sharks RFC, on behalf of the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) on Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Cosmos Buffaloes RFC team that beat the Accra Sharks RFC team Accra Sharks RFC poses for a team picture before the kickoff against Cosmos Buffaloes RFC The match officials for Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. As usual spectators were treated with a Women’s 7s team match prior to the main event Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. A Cosmos Buffaloes RFC player breaks through the defences of the Accra Sharks RFClast_img read more