PostDoc in Environmental Mineralogy at GFZ (Postdam, Germany) within the ERC SyG “Deep Purple”

New position as Research Associate (PostDoc) in Environmental Mineralogy at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum/GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany. 

The ideal candidate a highly motivated and enthusiastic mineralogist who wants to develop her/his/their skills in a highly interdisciplinary work environment in order to obtain a holistic understanding of mineral-microbe-fluid-interactions in Earth Surface processes.
The successful candidate will contribute their specialist mineralogical skills in diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy to two main aspects related to low temperature (< 100 °C) mineral reactions:

(a) as part of the ERC Synergy grant “Deep Purple”, she/he/they will evaluate the variations in mineralogical composition of dust (and their interactions with black carbon and microbes) from surface snow and ice samples and determine the contribution of mineral dust to the darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
(b) as part of the Interface Geochemistry section, she/he/they will help to elucidate nucleation, growth and transformation of amorphous and crystalline phases.

She/he/they will join an international and diverse team of researchers led by Liane G. Benning, who is very committed to fostering a fully inclusive research environment. Non-discrimination and equal treatment are integral parts of the group policy. 

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Scientific consensus on climate for years, but have things changed at all?

The image below belongs to the presentation of Lewandowsky during the EU4facts (Brussels, 2017):

Still the last warning by scientists was made on the 5th of November 2019 in an article from William J Ripple and colleagues, published by BioScience

Why have not things changed despite the warnings in the last 20 years? What can we do to get politicians into action? What can be done? go on strike? even if it is only for one day?

In case you would like to start helping the conservation of nature and improving our quality of life, see some simple advice (David Suzuki Foundation):

1.Reduce home energy use by 10%·         

2.Choose energy-efficient homes & appliances·         

3.Don’t use pesticides·         

4.Eat meat-free meals one day a week·         

5.Buy locally grown and produced food·        

6.Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle·         

7.Walk, bike, carpool or take transit·        

8.Choose a home close to work or school·         

9.Support alternative transportation

Winter School on Sustainable Waste Management

Deadline of Competition Submission: 30 September 2019 (Texas local time)

Participate in the Essay Competition for winning a full or a partial scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School Jan 2020. This is the only international, 2-week course about sustainable waste management, including modern landfills and landfill mining. It offers a good mix of theoretical lectures and practical site visits (have a look to the programme here!).

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Agri-activism volunteer (Wales)

One position for Agri-Activism activities in Wales between 17th July and 9th October 2017.

Agri-Activism placement is a great opportunity to learn all about sustainable and community agriculture, meet other activists and visit beautiful coastline of Wales.

Travel, accommodation and food costs costs will be covered by Friends of the Earth Europe throughout the placement.

Video with a great insight into Gerald’s farm day to day life, and what the project is about here:

More information and how to apply here: /agri-activism-opportunity-201 7

Earth’s temperature changes in the last century-and-a-half, analyzed within 30 seconds in a video

Earth continues to increase its temperature. According to NASA scientists, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record have all occurred since 1998, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years. The average global temperature in 2013 was 14.6 °C (58.3 °F), which is 0.6 °C (1.1 °F) warmer than the mid-20th century.

The following video shows a color-coded map which represents how Earth’s surface temperature has changed from 1880 to 2013: red colour denotes higher-than-normal temperatures and blue colour denotes lower-than-normal temperatures.

The temperature analysis done by GISS is compiled from weather data from more than 1 000 meteorological stations around the world, satellite observations of sea-surface temperature and Antarctic research station measurements, taking into account station history and urban heat-island effects. Software is used to calculate the difference between surface temperature in a given month and the average temperature for the same place from 1951 to 1980.

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Censo Visual de Nutria

El Voluntariado Ambiental WWF España organiza Censo Visual de Nutria, del 27 al 29 de Junio del 2014, con llegada el viernes, 27, a las 17 h (información aquí).

Para participar  es obligatorio rellenar la ficha de inscripción adjunta (sólo se puede solicitar una actividad por persona) y enviarla a
Dan prioridad a las solicitudes que llegan próximas a las zonas de actuación de las actividades, para implicar más a la población local sobre la conservación de sus espacios naturales. 

Aviso importante: Dado que puede haber personas que no pueden participar por falta de plaza, te rogamos que cuando envíes tu solicitud tengas muy claro que vas a poder participar en esas fechas y que adquieras el compromiso y responsabilidad de hacerlo, comunicando tu baja solo en casos de absoluta emergencia. Si no lo tienes claro, es mejor que esperes a la proximidad de la fecha de celebración de la actividad. Ya sabes que se hace control de presencia: una asistencia supone un punto positivo; una ausencia supone un punto negativo, salvo justificación por escrito del motivo de la ausencia; cuando la suma de positivos y negativos llega a -3, eso supone la baja del voluntario/a de la Base de Datos de Voluntariado de WWF España. Es la única forma que se nos ocurre para protegeros a los que sois serios/as y responsables frente a los que no lo son tanto