Environmental Economics is not Oxymoronic

‘The Paris Agreements provides an important opportunity for a new path forward’-Robert Stavins


Environmental Economics is not Oxymoronic

Robert N. Stavins at Georgia Tech Technology Square Research Building, October 30th, 2017

The first thing you might be wondering is what is that last word?! “Oxymoron” simply means a combination of contradictory words. Oxymoronic is an adjective that refers to this contradiction. For example, the expression “pretty ugly” or “virtual reality” – is it pretty, or is it ugly? Is it virtual, or is it reality? On his talk titled “Climate Change Policy in the Age of Trump – An Economic Perspective”, Dr. Robert N. Stavins made a strong emphasis on the non-contradictory relationship between economics and the environment. Environmental economics is NOT oxymoronic. Continue reading “Environmental Economics is not Oxymoronic”

Mock Conference of the Parties

MOCK CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES

at Emory University, on October 25th

Picture by Eri Saikawa

On October 25th we had a Mock of the Conference of the Parties [COP] in the class of Climate Change and Society at Emory University.

The COP is a body formed by 197 countries that meet every year to decide on matters related to climate change. The first of these meetings was held in Berlin, Germany in 1995. Every year the COP meets in Bonn, the seat of the secretariat, unless a Party offers to host the session. Continue reading “Mock Conference of the Parties”

What does climate change mean to us and what can we do about it?

“Now that science is ready, we should be doing more commitments for the future’- Eri Saikawa


WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE MEAN TO US AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

Webinar by Eri Saikawa, October 25th, 2017

Eri Saikawa is a professor at Emory University in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on atmospheric chemistry, environmental health, biogeochemistry, climate science and environmental policy. On October 25th she gave a webinar titled: “What does climate change mean to us and what can we do about it?”

Sunrise from space taken by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. We can see the sun and the atmosphere.

We all share the same home: Planet Earth. This world is surrounded by an atmosphere, which is very thin and relatively small. This “aerial ocean”, as biologist Alfred Russel Wallace described it, has different layers that protect us from the incoming solar radiation.

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Marshall Shepherd and the Challenges of Communicating

“Not knowing your audience is like throwing darts at a dartboard with the lights off’, Anthony Leiserowitz


MARSHALL SHEPHERD AND THE CHALLENGES OF COMMUNICATING

at Emory University, October 16th, 2017

Dr. Marshall Shepherd is an expert in both weather and climate. He teaches at the University of Georgia and serves as Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program in the same university. He routinely appears on CBS Face The Nation, CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel, and others.

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Interviewing Daniel Redondo, Secretary of Strategic Energy Planning

‘In the previous ten years natural gas grew the most. In our administration, however, renewable energies will grow the most’ – Daniel Redondo


INTERVIEWING DANIEL REDONDO

Daniel A. Redondo is the Secretary of Strategic Energy Planning in the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina, a key player in the expansion of renewable energies. He is a Chemical Engineer from Universidad Nacional del Sur and worked for several years for Exxon Mobil.  Continue reading “Interviewing Daniel Redondo, Secretary of Strategic Energy Planning”

XXI Century Solar Army

‘Water will be the coal of the future’ – Jules Verne, 1874


XXI CENTURY SOLAR ARMY

Harry Gray at Emory University, October 12th 2017

Harry B. Gray is a Professor at California Institute of Technology whose research focuses mainly in electron-transfer chemistry. Dr. Gray gave a talk at Emory University on his work regarding solar water splitting systems for the efficient use of solar energy. Continue reading “XXI Century Solar Army”