The world is made up of 195 countries, 7.6 billion people, and an endless number of problems. How does the United Nations address them in one agenda? Which problems deserve inclusion?
People used to think that the Earth was the center of the solar system, until we learned that the sun is in fact at the center of the solar system. Making that transition in the human belief system was not easy because many people in positions of power were threatened by this new knowledge. The story is similar with climate change and other issues of human sustainability such as recognizing the rights of Mother Earth.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.