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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, December 2010

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), December 2010, volume 6, issue 11...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global
  • futures thinking... looking ahead

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is meeting in Cancun, Mexico from 29 November to 10 December 2010. The Convention has the goal of preventing "dangerous" human interference with the climate system. The Conference program is designed is to deal with a broad swath of matters, including the state of the Kyoto Protocol, funding decisions for three special funds, technology transfer to developing counties, and enhanced adaptation measures in response to climate change.  

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
The The Climate Impacts Group (GIG)  --a part of the Center for Science in the Earth System at the University of Washington's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)--examined a select subset of the global simulation models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This examination was driven by two greenhouse gas emissions scenarios,  and it produced updated scenarios of future climate for the Pacific Northwest. The CIG is also developing a regional climate model for evaluating regional-scale climate change impacts.
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global
Interested in a course on the future for college credit?

Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement. Registration for the Spring Term is open for both online and face-to-face classes.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2011 Conference "Moving from Vision to Action", which will be July 8 - 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is the annual conference of the World Future Society.