Shining a Spotlight on Global Climate Action

From Europe to Fiji: How National Identity Shapes Perception of Climate Change This November, I had the extraordinary privilege to attend COP 23 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change a.k.a the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Bonn, Germany as a representative of Emory University. This unbelievable event draws distinguished diplomats, politicians, activists, …

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Climate Justice in Prisons

Hurricane Harvey, intensified by climate change?!? Headlines similar to this one popped up all over the news recently in response to the climate disasters in Houston, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, and Florida. Many scientists have explored and seek to further understand the connection between climate change and extreme weather events. You may be wondering …

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Towards a 100% Renewable Future for the European Union

20-20-20. 20% Savings from Energy Efficiency. 20% Rise in Renewable Generation. 20% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions. WOW, i'm impressed. If you are just thinking "woah that's a lot of 20s...", let me break it down for you. The European Union, comprised of 28 member states, has committed to making ALL THREE of those amazing …

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Extreme Weather Events & Climate Zombie Theories

In the United States, climate skepticism runs rampant. I attended a talk called “Communicating Irma Raises Questions” with Dr. Shepard, a well-known local meteorologist who shares accessible strategies to each everyone about climate change. There are many challenges of communicating climate science. A selection of these challenges that he addressed in his talk included: skepticism …

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Pacific Islands

The photo above represents the ideal partnership between developed and developing nations working together to preserve traditional island culture. Together, both women, one from Germany and the other a native Fijian, represent the island’s travel industry. Their sign references a quote from the Fiji's prime minister’s inspiring speech at the beginning of the conference, which …

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Policy Diffusion in the European Union

In the context of international climate governance, the European Union is a world climate leader. In fact, the EU generates 3 times more renewable energy per person than anywhere else in the world.  How do they achieve such ambitious goals? POLICY DIFFUSION is one of the least costly and most effective ways to encourage the adoption …

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