School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Justice News & Highlights

On Friday, March 13, Governor Rick Snyder addressed Michigan citizens and legislature about the importance of reliable, affordable, environmentally protective energy sources, including hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking'. Governor Snyder specifically praised the importance of the Graham Sustainability Institute's draft report on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which includes peer-reviewed technical reports, and a detailed draft analysis of policy options for the future of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. 

Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities. It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.

Pearl Zhu Zeng, Behavior, Education, and Communication



Contents:

1. History, Recent Conference of Parties (COP) and Main Issues, COP 20 Outcomes

2. A day at the COP

3. General Impression of the Global Negotiation + Endless Waiting on the “Last” Day, Dec 12

4. Other Events (The Climate and Health Summit, and the World Climate Summit)

5. Voices of Youth

6. My Appreciations

 

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting three types of projects for the next research funding cycle, from 2016-2018. For the past several cycles, MSG has focused on Integrated Assessment projects. The 2015 call for proposals, however, includes two new opportunities. Core research, a more traditional approach to research, and graduate student research fellowships have been added to this RFP.

Pre-proposals and proposals are sought for the following topics:

Dorceta Taylor, SNRE Professor and Field of Study Coordinator for the Environmnental Justice Program, has produced an authoratative and comprehensive overview of environmental justice in America in her new book, Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (from NYU Press). 

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.

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