Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future characterized by "involuntary simplicity."
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.
On December 4-5, 2014, Ross Energy Club hosted the sixth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC), the largest renewable energy case competition in the US. Sixteen MBA teams from nineteen nationwide and international top business schools were selected from a pool of nineteen teams to compete in solving a challenging case pertaining to a real business challenge facing the title sponsor, General Electric.
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.