Got nothing better to do on Tuesday — or even if you do — if you’ve got a computer, tablet or smart phone, you can hook into some very cool and interesting stuff.
For the early risers, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold its hearing on the nomination of MIT professor Ernest Moniz to be Secretary of Energy at 10 a.m. Eastern time, 7 a.m. West Coast time.
Next up, the University of California is holding a Global Food Systems Forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ontario, and most of the event will be live-streamed. The forum is focused on a core, compelling question for Californians — how do we sustainably feed 8 billion people by 2025?
Keynote speakers include Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and now president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, which looks at the impact of climate change on poor, rural populations in developing countries, and Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Foundation, a midwestern nonprofit focused on sustainable agriculture.
Here’s the link to the live webcast: http://food2025.ucanr.edu/Webcast/
At 10:30 a.m., Olympic athletes will hold a press conference, calling on President Obama to take action on climate change to protect the $12.2 billion U.S. winter sports industry which was hit hard by last year’s mild winter and is still suffering from a less-than-snowy winter this year.
Some of the speakers here are big names in winter extreme sports – Gretchen Bleiler, professional snowboarder, two-time Olympian, four-time X Games gold medalist; Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder, 10-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year, and founder of Protect our Winters; Ingrid Backstrom, professional skier and five-time winner as Best Female Performer, Powder Magazine; and Kit Deslauriers, two-time World Freeskiing Champion, and the first person to ski from the summit of the highest mountain on all seven continents.
The event will not be live-streamed, but an audio replay will be available online after 5 p.m. Eastern time, at www.protectourwinters.org. You can also read the group’s report on Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States.