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on 21 Apr, 21:03

Global Politics Revisited: Towards a Complex Governance of Global Environmental Problems

Dear friends and colleagues,
 
it is our pleasure to announce Global Politics Revisited: Towards a Complex Governance of Global Environmental Problems, a public talk by Phillippe Le Prestre, Professor of Political Science at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. In this talk, Professor Le Prestre will discuss potential new models of international environmental governance. More details below and in the attached flyer.
 
This event – Le French Mindset – is jointly organized by the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and UNMC’s Mindset Research Centre in the frame of May’s Le French Festival. The talk is aimed to a general audience including academics, students, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues.
Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.
 
Best regards,
Ahimsa
 

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May 2017 Special Event – Le French Mindset
Title: Global Politics Revisited: Towards a Complex Governance of Global Environmental Problems
Guest Speaker: Prof. Phillippe Le Prestre
Date & time: Wed 17 May 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)

Organizer: French Embassy in KL and Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

Refreshments will be served after the talk

Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Tue 7th Mar

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

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About the Talk
The emergence and resolution of global environmental problems constitutes one of the major challenges to humanity’s quest for security and justice. Through its concern for the relationships between these issues and traditional political issues, for the various roles that international actors play in their dynamics, for the bases of international cooperation, and for the interactions among international and national arrangements, global ecopolitics opens a window onto the very nature and foundations of contemporary international relations. In this talk, Prof. Philippe Le Prestre will discuss the need to go beyond the received wisdom of international environmental politics and on how a complex systems approach might help define the contours of a new model of international environmental governance.
About the Speaker
Philippe Le Prestre is Professor of Political Science at Laval University (Quebec, Canada), and in 2015-2016 was awarded the “International Francqui Professor” Chair of the Francqui Foundation (Belgium). Philippe Le Prestre holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) as well as graduate degrees in Ecology from the Université Sorbonne Paris-Cité. A past chair of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, he has been a member of numerous national and international scientific committees. Out of a dozen books on international environmental politics and international relations, Philippe Le Prestre is the author of The World Bank and the Environmental Challenge (Associated University Presses, 1989), Protection de l’environnement et relations internationales (Armand-Colin, 2005) and Global Ecopolitics Revisited (Routledge, 2017).
on 9 Jul, 11:57

MEME Updates is back!

MEME Updates is back!
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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are very glad to share with you the latest issue of MEME Updates, our project’s newsletter. In this come back issue (after a long time!) we feature MEME’s team members and describe our core activities for the understanding and conservation of Malaysian elephants.

You can read MEME Updates online here: http://issuu.com/ahimsa/docs/meme.updates.n10, or easily download the file from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/a0lsqw44z12xn4o/MEME.Updates.n10.pdf?dl=0

MEME Updates #10

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on 4 Jun, 15:43

Effect of climate change on food crop production

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issues through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. The programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my and/or Lawal.Billa@nottingham.edu.my

Friday 27 June 2014           Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC – Chulan Tower), at Royal Chulan Hotel

Abstract: Changing climate presents one of the most challenging threats to food crop production throughout the agro ecologies.  Annual food crops on which we rely most are sensitive to climate change as it not only affects the temperature and moisture of the surroundings but affects the levels in soils as well.  Various simulation studies project 20 to 30% decrease in Global crop production due to climate change by 2020 and 2030. In the Arid and semi-Arid Africa where the crop production is rain-fed, losses as high as 50% is predicted. While climate change will have global impacts on crop production, regional variation will play significant role in tackling problems associated to climate change. This study examines the regional variation in temperature and rainfall in relation to crop production change in the last 30 years of two contrasting agro ecologies, the Malaysian wet tropics and the Nigerian semi-arid tropics.

About Dr. Ajit Singh: Dr. Ajit Singh is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the School of Bioscience,the  University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. His work includes integration of N2 fixing legumes into cereal-based cropping systems across agro-ecologies. He was involved in evaluating heat tolerant durum and aestivum wheat types in the semi-Arid Tropics. He has authored 36 publications in local and international scientific journals, 42 in Conference Proceedings and supervised 33 postgraduate students.

on 22 May, 18:27

UNMC Environmental Seminar Series: Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems: The SAFE Project

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus: Environmental Seminar on 30 May 2014

UNMC Environmental Seminar Series

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issues through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. The programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

  • Date: 30th May 2014 (Friday)
  • Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Venue: KLTC-Chulan Tower (Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre)

Abstract

The concept of a natural ecosystem is fast disappearing as humans modify habitats at an ever-accelerating rate, meaning much of the world’s biodiversity must now persist in human-modified landscapes. The situation is particularly acute in SE Asia, where large areas of natural forests have, over recent decades, been replaced by oil palm plantations. The SAFE (Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems) Project – which is part of the Royal Society’s SE Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) – is conducting one of the world’s largest ecological experiments to understand the myriad ways in which logging, deforestation and forest fragmentation modify the functioning of tropical rainforest, impair their ability to deliver ecosystem services that people care about, and reduce their capacity to support the diversity of life. The SAFE Project aims to understand how the impacts of forest modification ramify through the web of life.

Please RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my and/or Lawal.Billa@nottingham.edu.my

on 12 Feb, 11:11

UNMC Environmental Seminar series

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issue through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. The programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my and/or Lawal.Billa@nottingham.edu.my

Friday 28 February 2014; Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) Chulan Tower, at Royal Chulan Hotel

Abstract

Heavy metals such as mercury and lead ions have long been recognized as harmful environmental pollutants that can result in serious health risks. A case in time is the Minamata disease caused by methylmercury poisoning (Japan 1956). Early detection of such environmental pollution can protect human health and exposures to such harmful chemicals. Many techniques for analysing trace metals suffer from extensive analytical processes “figures of merit”. In this study introduces an optical sensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for detection of trace amounts of mercury and lead ions. This technique exhibited a good sensitivity, stability, and reproducibility in which the changes in refractive index of approximately 10−5 can be detected. The optical sensor is prepared using polypyrrole-chitosan (PPy-CHI) composite and used for monitoring of toxic metal ions with and without sensitivity enhancement by chitosan. Results show that the natural biopolymer of chitosan could enhance the sensitivity of the sensor; thus low concentration of Hg2+ and Pb2+ could be readily detected with less interference. The higher amounts of resonance angle unit (ΔRU) were obtained for PPy-CHI film due to a specific binding of chitosan with Pb2+ and Hg2+ ions. The concentrations of ions in the parts per million range produced the changes in the SPR angle minimum in the region of 0.03 to 0.07.

About the speaker: Dr. Mahnaz M. Abdi

Dr. Mahnaz M. Abdi is a Senior lecturer at the Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science and the Department of chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research interests is in the area of Material and analytical chemistry, Application of polypyrrole-chitosan conducting polymer composite, Biopolymer derivatives and Wood and bionanocomposites. Dr Mahnaz has over 15 highly cited publications, 4 book chapter and 2 patents. Among the many exhibition awards she is the year 2013 gold medal recipient at the 24th international Invention, innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX). Dr Mahnaz a research associate with the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products UPM and also a visiting research scientist at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Lulea, Sweden.

on 4 Jun, 08:44

Environmental Seminar: Who is the Predator?: The French and Tigers in Indochina

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issues through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. This programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The next lecture will take place on Thursday 20 June from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at the Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre. This lecture will be given by Dr. Mathieu Guerin, Attache’ for Higher Education and Science at the French Embassy, Kuala Lumpur.

Please RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my.

Who is the Predator? : The French and Tigers in Indochina

After the conquest of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the French did show a strong interest in the fauna of continental Southeast Asia. The process of subjugating Indochina didn’t limit itself to the people and their territory. It also included nature, flora and fauna. The French introduced distinction between pests and useful animals that had dramatic consequences for Indochina’s wildlife. Tigers were seen by the first administrators as an important danger for human beings that needed to be eradicated. Through historical sources, we can understand the Man-Tiger conflict better and how the colonial system dealt with it.

About Dr Guerin:

Dr Mathieu Guerin is the Attache’ for higher education  and science at the French Embassy, Kuala Lumpur and the Director of the Malaysia- France University Center, France.

Dr Guerin was an Associate professor of Modern History at the University of Caen Normandy, France and a member of the joint laboratory “Research Center in Quantitative History”. His research interest covers the social, cultural and environment of South East Asia. Some research works include the history of the relations between ethnic minorities and the State in Southeast; Asia with a special focus on the highlands of Cambodia and Vietnam; the relations between the Muslims of Cambodia and the Malay World; Impact of the rubber plantations on the livelihood of the Stieng People at the beginning of the 20th Century; Comparative study on ethnic conflicts in the highlands of Vietnam and Cambodia.

More info: http://www.nottingham.edu.my/Geography/Eventsrecords/Who-is-the-Predator–The-French-and-Tigers-in-Indochina.aspx

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