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Humans of COP22 – Luis Miguel Tayori Kendero

Humans of COP22 – Luis Miguel Tayori Kendero

How has climate change affected your life and work? During last year, in our community, people had less water. Because of climate change, we have to grow the crops that we used to grow at different times. For example, we used to harvest bananas in August, but now we cannot harvest them in August anymore. Native seeds don’t grow the same way because sometimes, for example, there is too much sun. Because of climate change, we don’t find the same…

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Talking About the Elephant in the Room—COP22 Reacts to Trump’s Election

Talking About the Elephant in the Room—COP22 Reacts to Trump’s Election

“Before we open up for a Q&A,” said Karen Florini, “I’d like to remind everybody that the questions must be directly related to the topic of this panel, and not about the events of last night—as much as you’d like to ask them.” Florini, a deputy special envoy for climate change from the U.S. Department of State, had the unenviable responsibility of moderating a U.S. Green Building Council discussion on how health impacts could inspire local climate action—the day after…

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Humans of COP 22 – Laughlin Artz

Humans of COP 22 – Laughlin Artz

Could you introduce your work a little bit? We have a project called 2020 or Bust!, which is designed to mobilize 500,000,000 individuals around the world by 2020 to take a specific set of actions individually. That in 2020, we will reduce the global emissions by 8 gigatons, which right now is the gap between where the UN and the Paris Agreement leaves us what we actually have to do in the crisis.   What was your reaction when you…

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A World Worth Fighting For

A World Worth Fighting For

Good morning friends, The vibe has changed here after the U.S. election. The walkways still bustle with people from all over the world. Scientists and businessmen and women still engage passerby with information about their organizations or research. But an air of uncertainty has fallen. American presenters noted they would not be taking any questions about the results of the election. Communication directors stood by to ensure that nothing inflammatory was said. Even the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) had…

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Knowing What We Don’t Know—Earth Information Day at COP22

Knowing What We Don’t Know—Earth Information Day at COP22

The one thing we can all agree on is that climate change sparks a host of complex questions. Besides the questions of whether it’s occurring in the first place and if we’re responsible (hint: yes and yes), the debate then turns to its repercussions—how is climate change affecting our world? Our oceans? People and ecosystems of all nations and coasts? And most importantly, what can we do about it? Unfortunately, it’s difficult—not to mention costly and ineffective—to fix something that…

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Humans of COP 22 – Representative from Women & Gender Constituency

Humans of COP 22 – Representative from Women & Gender Constituency

Will you talk a little bit about your interest in climate change and how it relates to your life and your work? I’m at the receiving end of the adverse effects of climate change. I come from Africa. We have a limited ability to adapt, limited ability to mitigate, limited ability to be resilient, so I am interested in what transpires at climate change conferences like this one. I’m interested in putting in place climate policy that’s gender-responsive, because I…

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An End to the Fossil Fuel Era: Why the Paris Agreement, Despite its Flaws, Matters

An End to the Fossil Fuel Era: Why the Paris Agreement, Despite its Flaws, Matters

This blog has been cross-posted from the Emory Globe, Emory University’s international affairs magazine.  Source: atlasmonitor.com On the evening of December 13, 2015, delegates gathered at an airport complex on the outskirts of Paris, France made history. With consensus from 195 countries, the world’s first-ever universal agreement on climate change became a reality. This Paris Agreement has been nearly six years in the making, though the goal of an agreement to combat climate change harks back even further to the Earth Summit of…

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Climate Finance Update

Climate Finance Update

An agreement has been signed. Climate change is happening. Now how are we going to pay for all the exciting mitigation and adaptation efforts? Here is a summary of some of the latest financial commitments made during the conference, according to UK international development think tank, The Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The chart above shows a breakdown of the source of new commitments into three categories: private sector (banks and other corporations), energy innovation partnerships, and climate funds created by…

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Attention On Climate Issues On Campus This December

Attention On Climate Issues On Campus This December

While, climate change may not have been on the forefront of student’s minds this finals season BananaFest and an unsuspecting Business Law assignment brought climate issues to campus. Conversations about the COP 21 in Paris this December were fairly limited on campus, aside from responses to social media posts by the student delegation to the conference. However, on Friday, December 11th at the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity house, sophomore Aidan Williams hosted BananaFest an event in honor of the delicious…

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Humans of COP: Coralie Nicopas

Humans of COP: Coralie Nicopas

“It’s them who know better how to take care of the forest, those who live there. We put the man (sic) at the center of production…Now when they walk in the forest, they see barriers.” Coralie Nicopas, a representative of French Guiana’s Parc Naturel Régional about an alternative set of parks set aside by and for the indigenous people of French Guiana as an alternative to the national park model imposed by France that has had various adverse effects on the people living…

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