COP Day 2: Aggressive global action is required to meet goals adopted in the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement at COP21 set the goal of limiting the increase in global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The 2017 Emissions Gap Report by the United Nations Environment investigates the gap in emissions between levels needed to maintain the Paris Agreement and the likely emission reductions related to the […]

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COP23 Day 1: Global Climate Action

Keynote speakers at the High-level Opening of Global Climate Action included: Inia Serviratu (Fijian Minister of Agriculture), Jerry Brown (Governor of California), and Bertrand Piccard (Founder of Solar Impulse). Representing the federal, national, and private sectors respectively, they each discussed the part they play in Global Climate Action. Inia Serviratu, the Fijian Minister of Agriculture, […]

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Environmental History’s Audience Challenge

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself’ – Rachel Carson Environmental History’s Audience Challenge Tom Rogers at Emory University, November 13th, 2017 Thomas Rogers is an Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History and has taught courses on labor and environmental history, and Afro-Latin American history. …

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A Summary of the Big Successes of COP23 (COP23 Day 6)

I have spent the past few days blogging about my daily reflections from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of Parties. But for my last blog post on this event, I figured it might be nice to explain what exactly it is that happened there. What did the UNFCCC parties accomplish? […]

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Imposter vs. Initiate: Reflections on my role in this COP (Day 5: COP23)

Have you ever heard of imposter syndrome? It is a condition of feeling out of place, feeling as though you are underqualified, underprepared in a given physical or social environment or situation. I have been experiencing intermittent ‘imposter syndrome’ ever since my first day at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 23rd Conference […]

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What does climate change mean to us and what can we do about it? A webinar by Dr. Eri Saikawa

The image of the sunset from the International Space Station is a striking photo that shows the layers of the atmosphere and was a good image to use to begin a discussion about climate change. This photo shows the beauty of Earth’s climate from a perspective that is very different than how we usually view …

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Weatherwise/ Otherwise- Artists Respond to Climate Change

When I think of climate change and weather, the last thing that I connect it to is art. However, when I went to the Weatherwise/ Otherwise Gallery at Agnes Scott College, I was amazingly surprised- the artists who were featured knew exactly how to connect art, climate change, and weather. And boy, did they know how to do it well. Data visualization is an art- and …

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This is not about the polar bears (COP23 Day 4)

I’ve been called a hippie and a tree hugger and a climate crank. Pretty much every name or stereotype that has been applied to an environmentalist has been associated with my name at one point or another. All because I study climate change. Now I think this is funny, so I often let them go […]

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The Four “S’s” of Life and Sumak Kawsay

‘Sumak kawsay – “good living” in harmony with our communities, ourselves, and most importantly, our living, breathing environment’ – Pachamama Alliance The Four “S’s” of Life and Sumak Kawsay (An Andean academic-people’s approach to critical science) Jaime Breilh at Emory University, November 7th, 2017 Jaime Breilh is a doctor from Ecuador who does research about …

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