The University of Michigan recently released a study analyzing the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard - the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.
Pearl Zhu Zeng, Behavior, Education, and Communication
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
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.
From the release of captive species to their natural habitats, to restoring ecosystems in rural and urban areas, to “rewilding the child”, BBC correspondent Tim Marlow explores ideas about rewilding. Joan Nassauer, SNRE Landscape Architecture Professor, joins environmentalist and writer George Monbiot and Frans Schepers from Rewilding Europe on this episode of the Forum. Listen to the full program here.
Professor Rosina M. Bierbaum, former Dean of SNRE and co-author of the United States National Climate Assessment, explaining the urgent need to address climate change in a new video. Dr. Bierbaum sits on the board of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. This video is her second in a series produced by the Institute, and was released in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. To watch the video, click here.