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”

Marshall Shepherd and the Challenges of Communicating

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


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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Chasing Coral

‘Simplicity on the outside doesn’t mean simplicity on the inside’ – Dr. Ruth Gates


at Atlanta City Hall, October 6th 2017

What are corals?

Fig. 1 NOAA

The majority of corals are colonial organisms, which means that they are composed by hundreds of thousands of individual animals (called polyps). Each of these individual animals (polyps) has a stomach that opens at one end to feed itself (it also throws its waste though this same hole).  Tentacles surround the mouth in order to protect the animal and catch food (NOAA). Inside of their tissues, polyps have small plants (microalgae) that photosynthesize (like every other plant) feeding the animal. This means that corals have food factories living inside of themselves! (Chasing Coral). Continue reading “Chasing Coral”