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…

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…

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…