In class the other day, we were talking about transportation on campus. One of the ongoing goals in the Carbon Neutrality Action Plan is to replace university-owned vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles. This is shown in the ASU carbon zero plan, which overall is very interesting..if you want to know what plans your school has [...]
This is the outline of the Senate bill the article I was mentioning the other day.
– A 17 percent reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, from 2005 levels, would be the goal. Many scientists think that is insufficient to keep global temperatures from rising a dangerous 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2 [...]
There is much debate on whether we can act fast enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. In class today, we discussed the IPCC future scenario predictions that they have released in their reports. There is much debate on whether the problem has been correctly assessed in the IPCC reports. In the article “Dangerous assumptions” [...]
Has the Kyoto Protocol failed? A case could, and has, certainly been made for it (read “The Kyoto Protocol”, by Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March/ April 2008). Truly, there are many aspects of the Protocol that are immensely inadequate and others that are just downright dysfunctional and [...]
In new approaches to climate change, some countries are getting creative and filing international lawsuits against sources of carbon pollution. Micronesia just filed a complaint against a Czech Republic power plant. An article in Mother Jones titled “Tuvalu vs. Exxon Mobil?” notes that
In international law, there’s an established principle called transboundary harm, which means [...]
From the Economist Website, an article discussing the possibilities of hydrogen fueled vehicles. The article notes
HAVING soared on the promise of carbon-free motoring, the idea of the “hydrogen economy” crashed and burned when it collided with reality. Hundreds of experimental hydrogen-powered cars—once hailed as the best solution for reducing America’s dependence on foreign [...]
A new restaurant chain in NYC and London is preparing to put the carbon footprint of all the food items on the menu.
Each item on the menu has had its ‘cradle to grave’ carbon footprint calculated – from sourcing the raw materials for each ingredient right through to disposal of the product. The [...]
Morocco is leading the green revolution: as a result of climate change affecting Morocco’s agriculture, the government has taken the initiative on implementing environmental policies. If they are successful Morocco essentially will become a role model for the other countries in North Africa. See the article at Al Jazeera here: Morocco leads the green [...]
In Tuesday’s class we discussed policies that can be used to reduce emissions and in one of my other classes, I came across this reading related to the reduction of sulfur dioxide in the 1990s and early 2000s. I think it’s a really good overview of the program and why it was so successful. [...]
This weeks reading in “Why We Disagree About Climate Change” by Mike Hulme, investigates the goal of achieving “sustainable development” as defined by the Brundtland Commission in March of 1987. Due to the date of it publication, the Brundtland Commission report did not anticipate the issue of Global Climate Change and its impact upon [...]
As part of a semester based lecture series on Global Climate Change, this week, Dr. Pam McElwee (internationally recognized authority on Global Climate Change/Adaptation) reviewed the issue of governance as it relates to both national climate policy (local control of carbon emissions) and international agreements (enforceable national caps on [...]
40 years ago today, 20 million American citizens took to the streets demanding environmental accountability from our representatives in Washington; thus, Earth Day was born. Fast-forward 40 years and three days to the 2010 Climate Rally:
April 25 is our chance to demand accountability from Congress. Americans from all walks of life will [...]
A post by Mathew Nisbet, whom we read in class earlier this semester:
Earth Day’s Untold Story: Climate Change & Human Health
A Federal inter-agency report released today reviews eleven key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change…. Not only does this report call [...]
The following summary is based off of a webcast from the DAVOS 2010 conferences. More specifically the link listed below:
From Copenhagen to Mexico: What’s Next?
Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation, Washington DC; Global Agenda Council on Climate Change
Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary, [...]
A striking graphic about the relative impacts of the recent Iceland volcano and human air travel in terms of Co2 production.
There has been controversy over whether or not Antarctica is in fact slowly melting or not. There has been papers ppublished that show there is much less ice melting in the past year, falsifying global warming. There has also been papers published showing the substantial amount of ice that has and is continuing to [...]
I found an interesting article from Newsweek ( I know it is not very credible but it is still a fun read) titled 100 Places to Remember Before they Disappear by Fareed Zakaria. The article has an interactive site where you can choose an area of the world and it shows a number [...]
I suppose that depends on who you ask. Economists have been trying to put a price tag on the future of the climate for a while now, the most famous of which is the Stern Report. Commissioned by the United Kingdom Finance Ministry in 2006 and headed by Nicholas Stern, a former World Bank economist, [...]
Maybe, according to new papers in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A published recently. In a special issue titled Climate Forcing of Geological and Geomorphological Hazards, authors look at whether or not large scale geologic events can be linked to climate change. It certainly does seem that geologic activity is on [...]
As we discussed in class, the economics of climate change is very complicated, although works like the Stern Review in 2006 have tried to boil it down to simple comparisons between economic impacts of acting versus non-acting. Paul Krugman wrote a recent essay for the NYT magazine that lays out climate economics for those [...]
Syllabus: SGS 494 – Governance & Climate Change
School of Politics and Global Studies
Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Time: T/TH 4:30p – 5:45p
Location: COOR 6761
Instructors: Michael Lyon M.P.A., David Jenkins, Eric Moser
Formerly distinct countries, societies, cultures and economies are becoming integrated through a globe-spanning network of governance, education, [...]
Link to PDF: Emissions Responsibility Pie Chart
The charts shown in the link above are a pretty nice summation of what we discussed in class, and what Arianne reviewed in her post on who bears the responsibility to act.
Retrieved from MIT’s Winter 2007-2008 publication of The Washington Quarterly
School of Global Studies SGS 121 Introduction to Climate Change
Instructors: Zachery Ambrose ,Katlynn Crnkovich, Celeste Holm, Mallory Hubl, Ranya Mohammed
Class Time: T-TH 3:00-4:15 Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Course Description: Confused about the climate change debate? Here is your chance to get the story straight! This introductory course is separated into 5 [...]
Under the Kyoto Protocol there are reduction targets in emissions that must be meant by 2010. It is apparent that drastic action in reducing emission is essential in order to decrease warming on Earth. Thus, it seems logical to pressure developed countries that generate the most emissions into the world’s atmosphere to take [...]
School of Global Studies Nikki Seegers Eric Burruel Ethan Jeffers Arianne Asunsolo
Special Topics: Breaking Borders: Climate Refugees in the Coming Century
Course Description: This course assesses the impact of Global Climate Change on the status and severity of refugees around the world. The [...]
There is not one single country responsible actor in the climate change issue, and no one is completely exempt from the Climate changes that are happening in the world. Every country has been trying to put the blame on others and not willing to do but the bare minimum, trying to force other countries [...]
Discussions about climate change are becoming the norm of much of the world’s everyday life. The science behind climate change is also more commonly accepted as it is also becoming easier to witness on a first hand level across the globe. As the world’s acceptance of the fact that our climate is changing rises, [...]
Good news: The National Snow and Ice Center reported that Arctic Sea ice has had a late season growth spurt, an article on Discovery News highlighted.
Bad news: This new ice is thin and will quickly disappear, having little to no impact on late summer melt of Arctic Sea ice.
You can check [...]
In association with our class session on who is vulnerable to climate change, last week we watched a film and read an article on the small island nation of Tuvalu. The inhabitants of this island are particularly at risk to climate change impacts because of it’s intrinsically low elevations (the highest point being 12 feet above sea level), [...]
As we know, human activities are changing the earth’s climate, the way our climate system operates, and to what degree any particular area of the world is impacted by various weather events. The alterations to extreme weather patterns caused by human-induced climate change are in favor of more intense extremes, higher frequency of their [...]