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…

The History of (un)Sustainability from Ken Burns

For those who don’t know me, I LOVE anything Ken Burns does. He is my favorite documentary filmmaker and all of his work is fantastic; it is visually stimulating, emotional, and always thought provoking. I always find myself learning something interesting. This past week I’ve been watching The West episode 8 in which the story…

Policy and Activism vs. Politics

Since Monday’s inauguration address, the left has been buzzing with the hopes of Obama finally tackling climate change. While I appreciate the sentiment, ‘hope’ may be all that it is. As a researcher and former politico, I can see why this optimism is spreading but am also cautious. There has been much disappointment on environmental…

The Aftermath

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, I am reminded of the similar discourse that I heard after the damage from Hurricane Katrina. Talking heads and TV shows connecting this event to climate change to heighten its implications. While I take nothing away from those calling attention to our future reality, we’re heard this all…

A Dangerous Booby Trap

In the last few days, I have read several articles about the rapidly melting Arctic sea ice. Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge has even gone so far as to predict a complete collapse of Arctic ice during summer months in the next four years.  For people like me, this is highly concerning. Between sea level…