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.
Professor Tzankova, who goes by Zee with her students, recently moved from University of California–Santa Cruz, where she taught and researched environmental policy and politics for more than eight years. She is now an Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University.
When I was little I would have chosen a trip to the grocery store over a trip to the playground any day. The never-ending rows of cereal boxes, potato chips and paper-towel brands held me spell-bound. (As an added bonus, 20-pack paper towel packages can be shuffled around like blocks to make a well-hidden fort on a floor-level shelf. Don’t tell Publix.)
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.
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.
Urban Green Lab teamed up with Nissan North America and Metro Nashville Public Schools to fund and create a mobile scientific and sustainability laboratory. Starting this winter, the Mobile Lab will be going to schools throughout the Nashville area, teaching students about sustainability in an accessible and fun way.
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.
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 […]
The “Made in USA” days are few and far between. The faster the industry innovates, the further the supply chain stretches around the world to find low cost production. As a result, companies are defaulting to third party vendors so that they don’t have to take responsibility for their controversial means of production and increased use of harmful pesticides.
By Tristan Abbott ’17 In the middle of Chestnut Hill, just two miles from downtown, the most common sounds used to be the screams of trains and the buzzes of light industry. Today, those sounds are joined by the bleating of goats and the crowing of roosters. At the edge of Trevecca Nazarene University, there […]