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

Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill by: – October 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — While reported cases of dengue fever have come to a standstill, approximately 7,000 cases of the vector-borne disease have been confirmed in The Bahamas over the past several months, according to deputy chief medical officer Dr Delon Brennen.Brennen was speaking at the World Statistics Day ceremony in Nassau on Tuesday morning.But even with the large number of cases, Brennen insists that the figure does not accurately represent the number of people who actually contracted the disease.“Looking at all the numbers that we’ve been able to gather over the course of the time, we’re probably pushing around 7,000 in clinical cases,” Brennen said. “But again remember, clinical cases — as in people who have symptoms and go to the hospital — still represent a very, very small percentage.”Brennen said the 7,000 confirmed cases only represent about 20 percent of the people who actually had the disease. He added that 80 percent of the people with the disease never have symptoms or likely treated themselves at home.Health care officials saw the first cases of dengue during the first week in July.According to statistics released by Brennen, the outbreak peaked in late July when 1,477 cases were reported over a two-week period.In August, 2,510 dengue cases were reported over the course of the month.Since then the numbers have been slowly trending down. In fact, Brennen said there have been no confirmed cases this month so far.Brennen said every five to eight years the country experiences a dengue fever outbreak. He said in 1998 there were 336 confirmed cases, 180 in 2003, and 10 in 2010. He said all of the outbreaks happened during the summer months.He added that fogging exercises continue to be carried out.Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.Brennen encouraged Bahamians to continue to take preventative measures by ensuring that there is no standing water in their yards in order to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reportercenter_img Share 17 Views no discussions Tweetlast_img read more