Global Warming and Global Whining
Dec19

Global Warming and Global Whining

COP15 ended today with a political agreement to cap temperature rise to 2°C, reduce GHG emissions and raise financial assistance to developing countries (to $30 billion over the next three years) to adapt and mitigate against climate change. Many stake holders were disappointed that the meeting ended without reaching a legally binding agreement to reduce GHG emissions, as most experts had predicted. Many criticized this agreement as...

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Be At The COP15 Table Or Be Part Of The Menu
Dec14

Be At The COP15 Table Or Be Part Of The Menu

Copenhagen is a very exciting place right now, with many contrasts. One of the jewels of this beautiful city is Tivoli, a sort of “Disneyland in Las Vegas,” with lots of bright and colorful lights. I wonder what its carbon footprint is. Probably a lot less than it appears, due to the prevalence of wind energy here. The Bella Center, the main site for COP15, is densely packed with people of unparalleled cultural and philosophical...

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Pre-trip Thoughts by Pedro J. Alvarez
Dec08

Pre-trip Thoughts by Pedro J. Alvarez

This is my first blog ever. I am excited about heading to Copenhagen in two days, on Thursday. I will be wearing three hats: 1) Associate Editor for ES&T and virgin blogger; 2) Professor (taking with me 6 Rice University undergraduate and a graduate student who is pregnant, hope she feels well); and 3) Delegate, representing Nicaragua, the country where I was born. I feel lucky that I will have an opportunity to witness a...

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