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 http://climatechange.nd.edu/ Contact Charitha Isanaka at cisanaka@nd.edulast_img read more

Women’s Euro 2013: Germans win sixth straight European title

first_imgGermany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved two penalties to help her side clinch the European Championship for the sixth successive time.The captain denied Norway’s Trine Ronning and Solveig Gulbrandsen in each half in the Stockholm final.German substitute Anja Mittag scored the only goal of the game, finishing off a fine passing move.Silvia Neid’s Germany had to defend stoutly in the second period but have now won every tournament since 1993.With a host of players absent through injury, Germany, with just six goals in six games in the tournament, have been far from dominant in Sweden.But their youthfulness suggests they have a sound basis for yet another defence in four years.Norway goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth pushed on to the bar from a Nadine Kessler header inside the first minute and Germany striker Celia da Mbabi glanced wide from a Dzsenifer Marozsan corner. Winners against Germany in the group phase, Norway were handed a fine chance to take the lead just before the half hour when Cathrine Dekkerhus went down in the area under minimal contact from Da Mbabi in the area, earning a penalty.But Ronning tried to thump the spot-kick down the middle and Angerer saved with her legs.Shortly after the interval, a sweeping move down the left saw Da Mbabi clip the ball across for Mittag, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, to put the Germans in front.Norway were given a second opportunity from the spot when Caroline Hansen was tripped by Jennifer Cramer but Angerer, who saved a penalty in German’s World Cup final win over Brazil in 2007, got a hand to Gulbrandsen’s effort to preserve her team’s lead.As Norway pressed, Ada Hegerberg had a strike correctly ruled out for offside before Kessler hit the post for the Germans in the closing stages.last_img read more