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Your Window Into COP24: December 15

As we’re writing this, we don’t know the final outcome of COP24. While scheduled to finish Friday evening, the negotiations spilled over into the weekend as ministers attempt to come to agreement on several parts of the Paris Agreement rulebook. Late Friday night, large chunks of the rulebook were marked by empty square brackets, where […]

Hope and Gratitude

As I write this, the results of the conference are still unsure. The closing ceremony of COP24 was to start at 4 p.m. but it was delayed till 7 p.m. and now until 10 p.m. Regardless of the outcome of this political process, there are many things that continue to give me hope that we […]

Final Negotiations

I visited Auschwitz on the last morning of COP24. It was an incredibly moving experience. After getting through the ticketing process you enter the camp through the famous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The next two and a half hours were amazingly sad to see the facilities and learn more about how […]

Onward!

My last day here has been met with feelings of great opportunity and optimism, as well as uncertainty and despair for what lies ahead of us as a nation and global community in the decades ahead. The majority of scientists, researchers, activists, and diplomats I’ve met over this trip have privately explained that the effects […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 14

Yesterday was Education Day at COP24. Simply put, this theme communicates that the more you know, the more you can do to realize the resilient, equitable, renewable energy world we have all dreamed of. This video by the UNFCCC collects the sentiment of Education Day from young leaders at COP24. Multiple events highlighted the critical […]

Foodies Unite!

Today was by far my most thrilling day of COP24. When I started researching livestock’s effect on climate change, I leaned heavily on the research coming out of Oxford University’s School of Food. The lead researcher, Marco Springmann, was part of a panel today that included food experts from around the world. His findings have […]

Inspired

Today was a day of inspiration. My morning started with a plenary by former Vice President, Al Gore. In a presentation that lasted over an hour, he made a compelling case for why climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time. Similar to his documentaries, but updated with the latest information and events, […]

Al Gore

The day started with a presentation by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. I am a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project, founded by Mr. Gore. It is a great organization that trains and empowers individuals around the world to share the information on climate change. The Climate Reality Project, including extensive time […]

What do the big General Motors plant closures mean for electric cars?

By Paul Huttner December 6, 2018 General Motors made big news recently by announcing the closing of plants that could cost 15,000 workers their jobs. But as the car maker shifts focus to the coming electric vehicle boom, will it create even more climate-friendly jobs ahead? Auto industry analyst Micheline Maynard, who writes the Check […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 13

The high-level negotiations continued at COP24 yesterday with the close of the Talanoa Dialogue. We wanted to share what some countries, groups, and non-governmental organizations presented to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook in the final portion of the political phase. Fiji: “1.5 is more than a number, for some countries […]