Do you have a paper to complete, conference presentation tugging at your conscience just waiting to be transformed into a paper, or have you recently completed a project and the report needs written, got a book chapter waiting to be written? What’s stopping you? Need to set deadlines and get some moral support achieving them? Then #AcWriMo may just have come in time…
The 1st of November sees the start of academic writing month which is a public scholarship project lead by Dr Anna Tarrant. Academic writing month or #AcWriMo was started last year as #AcBoWriMo and based on the Novel writing month. The idea is to make public declarations of writing targets for the month of November on the PhDtoPublished and “call in” with your progress at regular intervals via twitter using the #AcWriMo hastag or on the PhDtoPublished blog site.
I have made my declaration on the blog and also posted to my own PhD blog
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Twenty years ago, as I eagerly awaited the first day of school, there stood a category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. This storm would go down as the most devastating storm in United States history (until Katrina). Every year we watched the summer storms batter the Caribbean; Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. Usually, by the time the storms reached the shores of South Florida, they would lose their strength and touch down as tropical storms or at worse, at category 1 hurricane. It is said that Miami sees nearly 100 thunderstorms a year, so we were used to lightening, heavy rains, rough winds and blackouts.
By the time I was twelve, I can say that I had survived at least six hurricanes. All of them had been quite disappointing until Andrew in 1992. Sure, a few trees would fall, some light flooding occurred and we’d be out of…
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Biodiversity and climate change are two sides of the same coin.
Protecting biodiversity is often the best answer to both mitigating and adapting to climate change – oceans and forests absorb carbon while mangroves can protect coastal regions from storm surges and rising sea levels.
On the flip side, biodiversity is under increasing threat from advancing climate change.
And if we look at some of the figures on biodiversity loss we see our natural world is deteriorating just as quickly as our climate.
The world is losing species at a growing rate. 13% of birds, 25% of mammals, 33% of corals and 41% of amphibians are currently under threat.
So when I arrived in Hyderabad, India for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) biannual conference, I was shocked to find so little interest in biodiversity loss – particularly compared to the interest I saw at the UN climate convention (UNFCCC) talks in Durban…
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