sustainable development

Tim Bushman

Featured C+Ser: Timothy Bushman

by |October 13th, 2016

C+Sers come from a range of academic backgrounds, but Tim Bushman has a particularly unique one. He studied kinesiology and clinical exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin.

Sea Level Walk. Source: Newsletters from the City Atlas

Five Practical Tips Making Climate Change Risk Communication More Effective

by |September 20th, 2016

The Paris climate talks shined a bright spotlight on the impacts of climate change and adaptation measures we’ll need to cope. Despite a rising concern about future climate change, the public and some industries do not yet perceive it as a near-term priority. That makes how to communicate effectively about the more immediate risks of climate change a core issue.

The picture of Wanhuan Chemical Group Industrial Zones. Source: WANHUA

How Corporate Sustainability Promotes Industrial Development

by |August 11th, 2016

During my internship in Wanhua Chemical (America) — a large petrochemical producer with operations across the world — , I have participated in a project focused on chlorobenzene importation.. Chlorobenzene can also be used for the original materials for production. It is also a powerful solvent that can be used for the cleaning.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a joint press conference with Wang Yi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China. Source: UN News Center

Here’s How China Will Support the UN’s New Climate Change Agenda

by |July 27th, 2016

“China is demonstrating to the world that low carbon climate resilience development pathway is achievable,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this month during a visit to China.

Photovoltaic System part of the 24 school project. Credit: Kelsey Prieur

Solar in the Government: The Rising of the Sun

by |July 13th, 2016

The summer months are upon us, which generally means the sun is shining across the northern hemisphere. That’s good news for solar panels, which use the sun to provide sustainable energy. The clean energy internship I have had the pleasure of working on this summer has opened my eyes to the potential solar power has and the challenges it faces for wide adoption.

Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Going, Going, Gone? A Blueprint for Decreasing Emissions and Increasing Optimism

by |July 8th, 2016

We are surrounded by numbers throughout our daily lives. Some, you’ll recognize easily. 24: the number of hours in one day. 365: the number of days in one year (except for leap years). $100: roughly the amount of money in my bank account at the moment. But what about 406.95 parts per million (ppm)? If you’re not a climate geek, you’re probably not familiar with it, but you really should be since it’s an incredibly important number for our planet.

Delegates convene at the follow-up and review session of the post-2015 development agenda, at UN Headquarters.

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals from the Sideline

by |August 26th, 2015

I was sitting across from various diplomats of the United Nations (UN) member states in conference room 4 at the UN Headquarters in New York. With interpreters speaking rapidly in the background and everyone scanning through the volumes of notes sitting in front of them, the atmosphere was electric with buzz of policy ideas and back and forth discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

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It’s the Indicators, Stupid: A Simplistic Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals

by |August 26th, 2015

In some ways, the world is getting better. It’s something that I tend to forget sometimes. Amid all the doom-ridden headlines and the pictures of polar bears treading water, literacy rates are improving, people are escaping extreme poverty and our path as a society has continually become more equal and less violent with an improved quality of life.