By Wufan Jia, Environmental Policy and Planning, Sustainable Systems
My first day at the COP meetings was so informational that I am forced to highlight only the most interesting points. I will talk about the meetings I attended and you may get a sense of what is going on here, and as I am more interested in China, I pay more attention to events about China today.
Katie Browne, Environmental Justice
Here at the Conference of Parties in Lima, I have been struck by the odd mixture of rah-rah optimism and doomsday pessimism permeating the corridors and negotiating rooms. It is an odd disjuncture, especially for a first-timer to the COP process. While everyone acknowledges that the cost of failure to reach a climate deal next year in Paris is so high as to be almost inconceivable, the possibility for failure remains a lurking reality.
By Arman Golrokhian
This past weekend, I and Samantha Shattuck attended the COY10 (Conference of Youth) in Lima, Peru. COY is an annual event that gathers youth from all around the world to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences about engaging their communities in better understanding, addressing, and adapting to adverse climate change issues at regional and global scales.
SNRE’s Brad Cardinale is one of eight U-M scientists and engineers who have been elected as 2013 fellows of the American Association for Advancement of Science. Cardinale and the other seven chosen University of Michigan researchers were among 388 new fellows announced today by AAAS.
SNRE is honoring Professor Bob Grese on being named the Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management. Join us for his lecture, "Linking Landscape Design and Conservation: Historical American Traditions and Current Applications," to be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3rd, Room 1040 of the Dana Building.
Alumnus Cynthia Koenig and the Dana Building are featured in the new public service announcement created by the University of Michigan. The announcement will air as a commercial and during sporting events broadcast on TV.
Shots from inside the Dana Building come from the Flume Room, the research lab space operated by Associate Professor Brad Cardinale.
Here is the story from the University Record explaining how the announcement was built ...
Gregg Crane, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature within the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, has been named the new director of the Program in the Environment.
Crane has been teaching ENVIRON 377, History and Literature of the Rockies, at Camp Davis since 2007. He is a specialist in American literary and intellectual history, and his current research focuses on the importance of intuition to a collection of literary, philosophical, legal, and environmental writers. His appointments runs through June 30, 2016.
Five researchers at the School of Natural Resources and Environment received funding under a new University of Michigan program to promote interdisciplinary work. The funded projects are examining the challenges facing resource-constrained environments and sustainable transportation.
The Global Challenges for a Third Century (TCI) program, as the initiative is called, funded fewer than 15 percent of submitted proposals.