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Day One, Quick Morning Update

We’re blogging live at the conference! Quick update: We’re currently interviewing the current chairperson of IPCC Working Group 2. Meanwhile, the UNFCCC Plenary meeting is underway, and our students are trying to get their bearings. I’ll be following AOSIS around. If you’ve got any updates about their whereabouts, negotiating positions or statements, etc, comment here or email! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carbon Markets, Climate Change, Conservation, Consumption, Environmental Justice, Environmental Politics, Featured, Key COP17 Issues, Mosaic Action, Student Research, Weather

Cost of Climate Change to Increase!!

Cost of Climate Change to Increase!!

By: Christine Burns ’14 There is a lot of uncertainty in the general public about climate change.  Many people feel that mitigation efforts will cost too much, and that we should worry about it later.  The Stern executive summary suggests otherwise. Stern clearly states that it is in our best interest economically to address climate change sooner rather than later.   The Stern review agrees that it will cost money upfront to address climate change, but the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Consumption, Weather

Where’d the Snow Go

As early as the 1930s, the person on the street was discussing how “the weather wasn’t what it used to be.” How is your personal experience with the weather congruent or incongruent with what climate scientists are telling us? Growing up in Massachusetts, I’ve seen a lot of snow.  Waking up at 5 in the morning, running downstairs to watch the news to see if school was canceled.  As I have gotten older though, it seems the quantities of snow we see each year have dwindled.  The storms that come to the area are not as severe and the quantities tend to be less for every storm.  So, what happened?  It seems that the scientists are on to something.  The concept of global climate change is now widely excepted, and from my personal life experiences and observations … Read entire article »

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Weather, Climate Change, and the Necessity of New Thinking

Climate change poses humanity with the sort of problem it has not evolved to handle. This is the result of several factors in our evolutionary history, deriving from the very different world our pre-historic ancestors inhabited. The early days of our species were fraught with immediate physical perils, such as the scarcity of food sources, constant threats from wild animals, the lack of shelter, and so forth. All of these problems require attention in the present; otherwise, one would starve, be eaten, freeze, etc. So harsh was this early human existence that it left little time for thinking about anything else – like the future, the long run. Hence, focusing on the present at the expense of the future provided a survival advantage. And this short-sightedness was relatively harmless, for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Summer Reading Responses, Weather