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Josh Newell

Back alleys, vacant lots and underutilized urban spaces hold great potential for fostering more sustainable cities, if they can be reimagined and transformed into multidimensional green infrastructure that simultaneously delivers environmental, social and economic benefits, says Joshua Newell, assistant professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Climate Change Communication Challenge PSA Videos

We challenged students to create short public service announcement videos that would raise awareness about climate change solutions, encourage individual action, and/or provide people with an inspiring vision of what a sustainable future could look like. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. View all of the videos here.

On what was scheduled to be the final day (it was not) of this year's United Nations climate change negotiations, I arrived at the Warsaw stadium ready for a day of negotiations and (hopefully) finalizing last minute deals.  Unfortunately, I was not immediately so fortunate.  First, only a limited number of non-governmental organization (NGO) delegates were allowed in the negotiating room, which was full when I arrived, so I had to wait in a line and was soon informed that it could take a while before I would be allowed entry.

It’s 2:05am, Saturday, November 23 2013 and the United Nations climate negotiations are trudging on through the night. Delegates are exhausted, some sleeping on chairs, some sauntering down the corridors in search of a midnight snack (errrr, late lunch? dinner?), and others, of course, sparring on such minutia as the use of the word “objective” versus “ultimate objective.”

Adaptation may be inherently a local issue, but its associated challenges and successes sure look similar across the globe. Almost every adaptation presentation I’ve attended in the past 2 years (both here at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw and domestic presentations in the U.S.) has begun with the phrase, “[X location] faces unique challenges when it comes to adaptation” or “[X location]’s adaptation challenges are particularly acute.”