|February Sip of Science -- The Oil Palm||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:50:48 -0800 (PST)|
This looks to be an interesting program, and who can resist a 'sip of science' on Darwin's birthday? If I weren't singing that evening, I get a couple of regular emails from the Institute on the Environment, and I appreciate its work. Scott Jackson sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com *February Sip of Science -- The Oil Palm: Agricultural Marvel, Environmental Menace?* Dr. Kimberly M. Carlson, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:00pm Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St. Minneapolis Palm oil is probably an integral part of your life. Used in products ranging from granola bars to soap, it is the most-consumed vegetable oil in the world. The high-yielding oil palm, which only grows near the equator, has been vilified as a leading driver of deforestation and carbon emissions. Until recently, little robust research has confirmed these allegations. New satellite remote sensing analyses provide documentation of oil palm's accelerating expansion into Southeast Asia's tropical forests and peatlands. Carlson will assess the environmental consequences of the rapidly growing oil palm industry, identify gaps in our understanding of how plantation expansion alters ecosystems, and explore potential solutions to reconcile palm oil production with conservation. Kimberly Carlson is a Global Landscapes Initiative postdoctoral scholar at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. She earned her doctorate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While not exploring trade-offs between agriculture and the environment, you can find Kim on a yoga mat, running around a lake, learning to speak Portuguese, or dancing lindy hop. <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>
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