This offshoot of my website EnviroTalks started as part of Emory’s class “Climate Change and Society” (ENVS 326, Fall 2017), and serves as an archive of the work I completed for the course. Below is my portfolio from the course.
Science Explainer Blogs- Adaptation vs. Mitigation & A Note on Science Blogging
One challenge when writing a blog is how to engage the reader- an even greater concern when writing about science. It is difficult to effectively write a science blog that is understandable and compelling without diminishing the exactness of the science you are trying to present.
One of the major questions surrounding climate change is What are we going to do about it? Unfortunately, that is a very difficult question to answer, because the range of possible solutions is so wide. It is close to impossible to find one solution that would work the best, and a more likely plan is a combination of options working together. When considering possible climate solutions, there are two main courses of action that could be taken: mitigation and adaptation.
Midterm Project- Climate Perceptions Research Project
Recent polls reflect increasing belief that climate change is a problem, yet it still seems few are doing anything about it. This observation results from a phenomenon we have termed the “Climate Tipping Point,” that is the point where climate awareness leads to human initiated action.
Increasing climate change awareness is an important first step; but without additional motivation to tip a person to action, we cannot make the progress needed to address this issue. There is a gap in the percentage of people who view climate change as a problem and those that believe human action is necessary to combat it.
Mock UN Simulation- Press Corps
Parties to the Emory World Climate Summit reached a landmark agreement on October 25 in Atlanta, making great strides to address the global climate effort. After three hours and two sessions of negotiations, the six blocs settled on an agreement that will limit global warming to 2ºC above pre-industrial temperatures.
I participated in a World Climate Mock UN Negotiation as a member of the Press Corps. My task was to communicate the results of the negotiations to the public. While I might not have held any negotiating power, my power to influence as a journalist can be almost greater. I chose to represent the Guardian for this simulation because it is a new, highly active organization that is a leader in environmental coverage.
Final Project- The Energy-Water Nexus at COP23