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How Banning Plastic Bags Could Help New York Mitigate Climate Change

by |May 7th, 2019

New Yorkers use a lot of plastic bags. The city of 8 million goes through 23 billion plastic bags annually. It’s a stat that would’ve seemed unbelievable to me before I moved here until I walked out of a C-Town grocery store with $30 of groceries in six plastic bags.

Fighting Food Waste by Finding Ways to Use the Useless

by |May 3rd, 2019

Every Thursday and Sunday I walk my frozen banana peels and carrot tops to Columbia’s farmers market. It’s my small effort to combat food waste, which happens from production to retail to consumption

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A Tango Dancer’s Advice for How to Talk About Climate Change

by |May 2nd, 2019

This type of practice and experience-based learning is not only used for dance. It is also crucial for teaching and communicating complex issues, such as climate change. And there are three steps to the climate tango.

Even If You Don’t Live in the Midwest, This Spring’s Floods Could Still Impact You

by |May 1st, 2019

From enduring drought to intense floods, agriculture is particularly sensitive and vulnerable to changes in our climate

Climate Change, Flooding, and Public Insurance: Contextualizing the Midwest Floods

by |April 29th, 2019

In the wake of record flooding in the Midwest, and projections of flooding for the rest of the season in 25 states, it’s time to take a closer look at the organization that could help Americans bear the brunt of the damage.

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Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

by |April 29th, 2019

Most New Yorkers don’t have a backyard, though, especially in the more densely populated neighborhoods. Physical space is so scarce, it’s imperative to make use of the little space that is available to us. And it turns out there’s a lot of space if you just look up.

Will the World’s Militaries Decarbonize With the Rest of Us?

by |April 26th, 2019

The urgency of curbing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate change is enjoying unprecedented global attention. But there’s one source of carbon emissions that has been flying under the radar: the world’s militaries.

Sharing Could Be the Easiest Climate Solution We’re Not Thinking About

by |April 22nd, 2019

More and more people are pursuing a resource-efficient lifestyle that minimizes waste. What we choose to wear, where we travel and even what we eat are closely related with the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Flash Floods and Landslides: The Consequences of Taliban-orchestrated Deforestation

by |April 15th, 2019

Afghanistan is synonymous with conflict. While most analyses have focused on the human actors—the intractable web of foreign fighters, international terrorist organizations and fleeing refugees—the key to understanding conflict is the environment. Given the severity of violence, it may seem odd to use the environment as a lens to understand an active conflict zone. But in fact, it is through these complex social-environmental relationships that one can begin to unravel the regional drivers of vulnerability.

Reaching Christians on Climate Change Is Imperative. Here’s How We Do it

by |April 14th, 2019

More than two-thirds of the country is Christian and 25 percent of the total U.S. population is evangelical, a group with the lowest rate of man-made climate change acceptance. It’s important to understand why they have lower acceptance rates and find effective engagement methods.