Facts and Myths about Climate Change

As humanity’s role in climate change becomes more widely accepted, questions of accountability begin to come into play. If we know that our actions affect weather patterns and climate-related natural disasters, we have to ask which ones are our fault. However, there are no easy answers. Because we only have one Earth to observe, and we can only observe it in its present state, these types of questions must be answered through climate models. These models are able to forecast future climate conditions by breaking Earth into 3D cells and applying interconnected physics equations to each cell. In theory, these models can be refined by reducing the size of the cells and the time span of each calculation (e.g. years, days, and hours). However, in reality, researches are limited by the finite power of computers.

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Vanderbilt students attend climate justice march on Katrina anniversary

I found myself weaving through a bustling crowd, gripping my camera in one hand and a half-sheet of paper and a pen in the other. It was a sweltering Saturday morning in the New Orleans sun, and people were dressed in tank-tops, t-shirts, long flowing robes, dresses, heavy suits, and roman collars. The members of this gathering in the Ninth Ward were Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, and more. As I made my way through the crowd, I tried to listen to the conversations that were going on around me to get a better grasp of what I was witnessing.

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City of light, city of promises: Vanderbilt student attends COP 21 in Paris

In December 2015, I spent a whirlwind week in Paris at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties — known fondly as COP 21. During the day I raced around the city from business event to activist rally, tapping a high-heeled foot during mandated pauses in endless security lines and nosily pressing a tape recorder into delegates’ faces the rest of the time. In the evenings, after writing feverishly, I strolled along the Champs-Élysées, a steaming plastic cup of mulled wine held in thickly mittened hands, listening to the frozen scrapes and happy hoots of families ice-skating behind the Christmas markets.

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Making Nashville Weird

In an episode of the eccentric satire series Portlandia, the fictitious mayor of Portland, Ore., declares his immense pride over the city’s crowning achievement: Its receipt of the “2011 Best Official Website for Cities with Populations under 700,000 in the Pacific Northwest Area Award.” In real life, however, Portland’s public officials have clearly been committed to many more substantive political accomplishments.

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Veganism: More Than a Diet

Plant-based diets can ease biodiversity loss Julie Whitaker Hornsby ’17 Each generation faces its own major challenge. During the 21st century — a period of fast technological development and economic growth accompanied by a world of hungry people and polluted rivers — one of the issues that we must confront is the loss of species […]

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