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One Weird Way the Tobacco Industry Could Profit From Climate Change

by |August 15th, 2019

Climate change is already having negative impacts on our society, including on big business. Most businesses are focusing on how to reduce the impacts and losses driven by climate change, but some businesses are thinking about how they could profit off climate change.

Why Green Bonds Could Be a Key to Fighting Climate Change

by |July 30th, 2019

Finance a role to play in confronting climate change, and green bonds could be one of the tools to do it. The idea behind green bonds is not complicated, but the application of this simple financial mechanism could be transformational.

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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Help Your Garden but Harm the Next Generation

by |July 10th, 2019

The sprouting of daffodils, magnolias, and cherry blossoms serve as cues to put away puffy coats and happily say goodbye to winter. But for more than 50 million Americans (myself included), the beautiful flowers also signal something else: the arrival of spring allergy season. Sadly, the sniffles will only get louder. As the world warms, pollen allergies will likely get worse.

Why We Need to Confront Climate Change’s Colonial Legacy

by |June 6th, 2019

Far from being an artifact of the Age of Discovery, colonialism underpins our global economic system, one predicated on overconsumption and disregard for planetary boundaries. This colonial legacy allowed the U.S. and other developed nations to accumulate wealth, influence, and a massive debt of carbon emissions. Yet these wealthy and powerful countries now have a chance to address the damage done by acknowledging colonialism’s legacy and acting on climate change.

The Thomas Fire Was My Personal Climate Change Moment

by |May 31st, 2019

Over 50 percent of Americans believe they won’t be personally affected by climate change. In reality, climate change influences an increasing number of extreme weather events around the world. Most every person has experienced at least one event in their lives that was exacerbated by climate change, and the Thomas Fire was the first time I really felt the sting of climate change in my life.

Talking to Deniers: Why We Should Talk Less About Observations and More About Carbon Dioxide

by |May 30th, 2019

As someone who works on climate change and occasionally interacts with climate deniers, I think a lot about how we communicate with people who don’t fully subscribe to the warnings of climate experts, and I wonder whether this experience might inform a better approach.

Youth and the Duality of the United Nations

by |May 15th, 2019

What do you get when you mix ambition, young people and multilateralism? You get the United Nations (UN) Youth Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Forum, a melting pot of ideas, good intentions and at times poor execution. I had the opportunity to attend this year’s forum in April and got to understand the role of young people when it comes to political discourse and climate action.

How Banning Plastic Bags Could Help New York Mitigate Climate Change

by |May 7th, 2019

New Yorkers use a lot of plastic bags. The city of 8 million goes through 23 billion plastic bags annually. It’s a stat that would’ve seemed unbelievable to me before I moved here until I walked out of a C-Town grocery store with $30 of groceries in six plastic bags.

Fighting Food Waste by Finding Ways to Use the Useless

by |May 3rd, 2019

Every Thursday and Sunday I walk my frozen banana peels and carrot tops to Columbia’s farmers market. It’s my small effort to combat food waste, which happens from production to retail to consumption

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A Tango Dancer’s Advice for How to Talk About Climate Change

by |May 2nd, 2019

This type of practice and experience-based learning is not only used for dance. It is also crucial for teaching and communicating complex issues, such as climate change. And there are three steps to the climate tango.