Our climate issues are international, and across the globe countries are standing up to take action. Emory students relate the challenges, responses and stories of communities confronting the realities of climate change. These projects were produced by students in the Climate Change and Society course and those who attended COP 23 as delegates.
Renewables in Latin America
-By Candelaria Bergero, a graduate student in Environmental Sciences
Few people in the globe can deny the threat that climate change represents to us, daily catalyzed by the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This short video focuses on a key mitigation strategy taking place in Latin America: the adoption of solar energy. In the region, changes in markets and policy significantly boosted growth in solar energy production between 2000 and 2016. Although renewable energies remain a small share of total production, they are growing at fast rates and receiving more and more attention from political leaders and markets. If this growth trend continues, the region could set an example for the rest of the world.
Climate, Drought and the Syrian Crisis
-By Aspen Ono, '18C, Environmental Sciences and International Studies
Climate Change and the Ocean
-By Naomi Boon
Climate and Severe Weather in the Philippines
-By Rachel Pui Shi Loh, ‘18C, Economics and International Studies
Developing countries are most vulnerable to climate change impacts due to the dearth in technological and financial resources. The Philippines is among the countries most vulnerable because of its heavy exposure to extreme weather events. One such event took place on November 8, 2013. Regarded as one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the lives of Filipinos. Development factors have made it difficult for the Philippines to prepare for natural disasters. Research has found low levels of knowledge about storm surges among the country’s population. Before Haiyan, official information was too technical, underestimated the typhoon’s gravity, and discouraged evacuation.
Water in West Atlanta and Pakistan
-By Maria Jolly, a graduate student in the Rollins School of Public Health
These videos connect water and environmental justice issues in Atlanta to those happening in other parts of the globe. The first part focuses on the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and its efforts to tackle the issue of storm water and sewage outflow. The second part explores water issues from an international perspective and examines initiatives to curb flooding in Pakistan. Flooding can be induced by climate change and is among the problems facing the global community amid efforts to assist countries dealing with natural disasters.
China's Efforts on Promoting Renewable Energy Use
-By Yezi Lyu, '18C, Environmental Sciences