My time as an Emory Delegate at COP25- A reflection.

I wanted to make my last post about the overwhelming positive experience I had attending COP this year. I want to start off by thanking Emory University’s Environmental Science Department, Dr. Eri Saikawa and Mr. James Reilly for allowing me the opportunity to go to COP. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunityContinue reading “My time as an Emory Delegate at COP25- A reflection.”

Carbon Capture and Storage and its Role in Reducing Emissions from Heavy Industry

On the third day of COP25, I got to attend a very interesting side event at the Britain and Northern Ireland Pavilion about how we can use carbon capture and storage (CCS) clusters to transform carbon heavy industries. I am not very well versed on CCS technology or policy, so I found it really interestingContinue reading “Carbon Capture and Storage and its Role in Reducing Emissions from Heavy Industry”

How Carbon Pricing Schemes Can Play A Key Role in Emissions Reductions

On the very first day of COP25, I attended a really interesting event that focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon pricing. Firstly, Professor Robert N. Stavins from Harvard spoke about the difference between the two main kinds of carbon pricing techniques – cap and trade (CAT) and carbon taxes. He explained that oftenContinue reading “How Carbon Pricing Schemes Can Play A Key Role in Emissions Reductions”

Indigenous Leaders Speak Out Against Government Sponsored Oil Drilling in the Amazon

On December 10th I attended a press conference in which leaders of indigenous communities from Ecuador and Peru spoke about newly discovered developments by their countries’ governments to increase oil drilling in the Amazon. Firstly, the indigenous leaders spoke about why it is important that these lands be protected, rather than exploited. Not only isContinue reading “Indigenous Leaders Speak Out Against Government Sponsored Oil Drilling in the Amazon”

How Decreasing Renewable Energy Costs Can Help Increase Ambition

On the last day of COP25 this year, I got to attend a side-event called “Accelerating Energy Transitions and Raising Ambition Based on Decreasing the Goals of Renewables.” This talk was super interesting, because it bridged the gap between technological advances and policy implementation. We know that the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledged by countriesContinue reading “How Decreasing Renewable Energy Costs Can Help Increase Ambition”

The World Surf League – How to use sports to encourage climate action.

On the second to last day at COP25, I randomly wandered into one of the most interesting events that I attended throughout the week. It was a talk by the World Surf League (WSL) titled ‘Courage and Commitment for the Climate- Surfing, Sustainability and UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action.’ The talk was led by aContinue reading “The World Surf League – How to use sports to encourage climate action.”

Coal Out, Renewables In- How European countries are phasing out coal and de-carbonzing their energy grid.

On December 12th, I attended a side event at the Nordic Pavilion which spoke about the need to phase out coal and transition to renewable energy. Different panelists from the UK spoke about what each of their countries are doing to phase out coal, and issues that they face within their individual countries to doContinue reading “Coal Out, Renewables In- How European countries are phasing out coal and de-carbonzing their energy grid.”

Donald Sadoway: The Missing Link to Renewable Energy

Donald Sadoway’s TEDxTalk really focuses on addressing a common problem with renewable energy- intermittency. Intermittency of renewables is often cited by critics as a reason why energy procurement methods such as wind and solar are not viable options for our energy grid. Concerns about what happens when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’tContinue reading “Donald Sadoway: The Missing Link to Renewable Energy”

Wave Energy: How Our Oceans Can Help us Decrease Emissions

On December 11th, I got to hear an awesome talk by Inna Braverman, the CEO of EcoWave Power. She spoke about the new advances to wave power technology that her company is spearheading. Wave energy uses technology such as underwater wave energy converters to capture the kinetic energy of waves in order to spin turbinesContinue reading “Wave Energy: How Our Oceans Can Help us Decrease Emissions”

Tim Kruger: Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? — A reflection.

Tim Kruger’s TEDxTalk about solutions to climate change highlighted a very important idea about the relationship between technology and policy. We know that we are currently emitting at extremely high rates, and that if we want to help stop the Earth’s warming, we need to stop emitting. However, Kruger highlights that resources on Earth areContinue reading “Tim Kruger: Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? — A reflection.”

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