AIF Blog - Environment

January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
December 23, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at Spotlight Health 2016.Word has gotten out that Spotlight Health is the health conference to attend. Last summer in Aspen, Colorado, participants, speakers, and experts spent three days discussing the biggest ideas in the most innovative fields. Read, watch, and listen below for some of the highlights.Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on curbing the opioid epidemicOver the past 10 years,...
December 20, 2016
Author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says the world has entered an age of dizzying acceleration, and in this episode, he explains how to live in it. His latest book Thank you for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations delves into mega changes in terms of computing power, the global economy, and the environment. How do these changes interact? How do we...
November 18, 2016
Rep. Chellie Pingree, former White House chef Sam Kass, and President of the Daily Table Doug Rauch at Spotlight Health 2016.Before you toss out leftovers this Thanksgiving, consider where that food goes. Thirty to forty percent of America’s food supply is wasted each year, with much of it bypassing hungry mouths and instead rotting in landfills where it becomes a potent contributor to global warming. The US...
November 04, 2016
Thomas Friedman and Sydney Trattner at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.The massive refugee crisis in Europe isn’t only the product of the war in Syria. Climate change is forcing thousands to flee to countries like Germany and Italy. Migrants from hot and dry regions in Central and West Africa are making the perilous journey. Journalist and author Tom Friedman says just like Syrians, these Africans are...
August 12, 2016
 Americans reportedly waste nearly 40 percent of the food we produce. Still, one in six lives with food insecurity, lacking reliable access to food that’s both affordable and nutritious. How does food scarcity coexist with extreme waste in our society? Can we balance this equation?We asked these questions at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in a Deep Dive session titled Fixing Our Broken Food System. The session...
July 26, 2016
Stephen Jones has a question for America: “Why is our bread so damn white?”It’s a question with a host of answers. White flour tastes sweeter. It’s predictable, and easy to work with. It’s efficient. It’s stable. And all of this is reinforced by habit.But Jones, a professor at Washington State University who runs a research program called The Bread Lab, doesn’t find any of those answers satisfying. Instead, he’s...
June 21, 2016
Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Before coming to UCS, he was a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Salvador was named a 2013 NBC Latino Innovator and received the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014.He's speaking as part of the Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates...
June 09, 2016
A budding “Rainforest to Table” movement will be featured at Spotlight Health. A group of innovative chefs involved in the effort will discuss how it can become a powerful new model for social and environmental change. Chefs Paulo Machado, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Kamilla Seidler will join Michael Jenkins, CEO of Forest Trends, to discuss the effort. It's part of the Future of Food: The Hype, Our Health track.What...
November 30, 2015
 With growing urgency and a lot of bottom-up action around the world, a solid and effective global agreement is needed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, which opened today, to keep the momentum going, and to achieve the necessary goals to slow global warming. That’s according to two experts who spoke at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, in a session called When Systems Collide: Health, People, and the...

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