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Taking a Leap of Faith

by |September 10th, 2018

I had no idea of how to build a website from scratch. Given my background in software engineering, my mentor at CCSR trusted that I would be up for the challenge. Still, I was intimidated and worried that it would not work out well, but I accepted the challenge.

The Adaptation Dilemma

by |September 9th, 2018

Two years ago in Paris, the world agreed that we need to keep the planet from warming more than 2°C. The Paris Agreement further argues pursuing efforts to limit it further to 1.5°C below pre-industrial levels. This daunting task of addressing climate change requires a two pronged approach of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the already changing climate.

How a Video Game Prepared Me to Fight Heat Waves

by |September 9th, 2018

I’ve loved video games my entire life. Role-playing, survival, platform, strategy, sports—if it’s playable, I’m (virtually) there. Video games are often considered a distraction from the real world, but they may have more in common with life on this side of the screen than you think.

Data, Data, Everywhere…Or Not

by |September 8th, 2018

When it came to finding data for many of my projects, I was a spoiled. All I had to do is visit International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) Data Library, select the product and region I was interested and hit download. But that all changed this summer during my internship at the IRI with Pietro Ceccato.

Continental Research Cannot Lose Sight of the Local Perspective

by |September 8th, 2018

Climate change is a global problem, and yet its effects and people’s ability to adapt are inherently local. Given this mismatch in scales, how can continental-scale research take local perspectives and differences into account? Additionally, how can research at a continental scale provide useful information for local climate adaptation strategies?

Impact Investing for Real Impact?

by |September 7th, 2018

The idea of impact investing was born in part at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development. It is an innovative approach that leverages financial tools to achieve sustainability and doesn’t focus solely on the potential financial returns on any investment.

What Good Is a Definition Without People?

by |August 27th, 2018

Words matter. How we read, define and share information has a massive impact on our lives. Everything from ordering lunch to driving a car runs more smoothly when we all agree—or at least understand—what something means.

Farmers and Scientists Have More in Common Than You May Think

by |August 27th, 2018

As the world’s population increases, it will put more pressure on food resources. That makes it more important than ever to have accurate weather predictions that can help increase productivity.

Breaking My Silence

by |August 27th, 2018

After this whirlwind of a year at C+S, I have made a resolution to be more present online and engage with more diverse audiences. Why would I want to crawl into the trenches of a raging cyberwar?

Climate change and the Development Gap

by |August 27th, 2018

Extreme events like droughts and floods are projected to become more common in a changing climate. As they do, their effects on agriculture, health and infrastructure will disproportionately impact those who already have limited socio-economic resources. For this reason, several organizations focused on international development have started to consider climate change projections in their projects and operations. Their goal is to avoid increasing the development gap.