Helpless Anxiety

  This hurricane season has been extremely tough, both for those who were in harm’s way and those who had to watch with helpless anxiety. Between family, friends, and friend’s families, each major Atlantic storm had left me and millions of others watching catastrophe after catastrophe unfold. The worst part for me was knowing this…

Louisiana My LOVE

As you may have noticed, I’ve been tweeting A LOT about the Louisiana flooding these past few days- for a few reasons: It’s a horrible tragedy It’s more evidence of intense new extreme weather patterns It used to be my home I know many people who have lost EVERYTHING As I watched the flood waters…

Cop 21 Wrap Up

Paris is quiet, the BINGOs, YOUNGOs, negotiators, activists, and celebrities have gone home. But what of the agreement left in their wake? I spent the part 2 weeks following from afar; I started a new day job at an inconvenient time, but that was not the main reason for my absence. Considering the main focus…

The Sunny Side of Life (Installment 4)

Between my last political gig and finishing my book manuscript Governing Climate Induced Migration and Displacement (due out this November), I’ve had no time time to update my blog. However, as I began to sketch out my next book chapter about my work in the Maldives, I thought it time for a (belated) installment to The…

Not in my lake, BP

It has gone largely unnoticed that BP has another spill on their hands, this time its even closer to home. A minimum of 15 barrels or maybe 39 have spilled into Lake Michigan outside of an Indiana refinery; it’s never clear exactly how much oil is ever spilled since BP has a track record of…

A year in Climate Talks

This has been a tough year for the climate. While most NGOs blogs are providing their end of the year wrap ups of the last COP, the lay press have already deemed COP 19 as a failure- a term used to describe most COP’s these days. I actually contributed to one of these evaluations for…