Open eBook: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change

coverThe National Academies Press has released this FREE pdf of this book Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013) but you can buy the paperback to add to your library collections as well. The well-respected established authors are from the Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and Its Impacts; Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council. This 200+ page book notes the primary abrupt changes to be concerned about the most and those most of concern for humans, with ideas for moving forward. It also gives some quality reference links and a solid summary of those committee members writing the document. Click on the Related Resources tab to find some short summary and report as well as a visual slideshow of examples of abrupt climate change for those looking for a more visual summary. The Multimedia tab offers a video (embed below too) of findings and recommendations.

Their description:

Climate is changing, forced out of the range of the past million years by levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases not seen in the Earth’s atmosphere for a very, very long time. Lacking action by the world’s nations, it is clear that the planet will be warmer, sea level will rise, and patterns of rainfall will change. But the future is also partly uncertain — there is considerable uncertainty about how we will arrive at that different climate. Will the changes be gradual, allowing natural systems and societal infrastructure to adjust in a timely fashion? Or will some of the changes be more abrupt, crossing some threshold or “tipping

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Do you have a sustainable related story to share?

ALA’s new Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is looking for people to share their sustainability-related library projects during its kickoff program at ALA Annual 2014 in Las Vegas.

Format: Presenters will have five minutes to present, with follow up questions at the end of the program. Presenters may use one fixed image (electronic or otherwise) as part of their presentation (or none at all). The program will be held at ALA Annual on Sunday June 29th from 1:00-2:30PM.

Eligibility: Anyone may submit a proposal, though preference will be given to SustainRT members.

Purpose: The purpose of the Lightning Rounds is to share creative and important work that contributes to a more resilient, harmonious, and holistic community through economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability work being done in libraries of all kinds. We are seeking a diverse representation of innovative sustainability projects that go beyond the traditional “greening” of libraries.

To submit a proposal, send an email to Madeleine Charney at mcharney [at] library.umass with answers to the following questions:

Name
Title
Institution or organization
Phone
Email
SustainRT member Y/N
Title of your presentation
Description of the presentation you are proposing to make
Brief statement telling us what excites you about your topic and/or the sustainability movement within the library profession

PROPOSALS DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24,2104

AASHE 2014 – call for proposals!

aashe2014AASHE 2014: Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities is  open for proposals due Feb 28 2014.  The conference will be held in Portland, OR October 26-29.  There is a growing number of  librarians involved in AASHE and I encourage  other academic librarians to consider a proposal for this conference! AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s and is a membership association of colleges & universities, businesses, and nonprofits who are working together to lead the sustainability transformation. Learn more about AASHE’s mission here.

New Book – Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

From Library Juice Press website – I can’t wait to see the book and review for myself but knowing the editor I know it will be a good resource to have!

 

fes175wFocus on Educating for Sustainability:
Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Editor: Maria A. Jankowska
Price: $32.00
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-61-1
Printed on acid-free paper

In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

IFLA Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group Mailing

A possible interesting listserv to join:  IFLA Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group Mailing List (ensulib@infoserv.inist.fr)

This is a discussion list for information professionals who are interested in issues related to sustainable development and libraries. Such issues include: the impact of environmental dynamics on libraries, their activities and the conservation of collections, library environment-friendly management practices, “green” library buildings as well as collection development and diffusion of information that foster awareness about sustainability among both users and professionals. The list is also the communication channel for the IFLA Environmental sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group.

You can subscribe here: http://infoserv.inist.fr/wwsympa.fcgi/info/ensulib

(thanks B. Smith for suggesting this list!)