Climate Change

Facing climate change with optimism

In the course titled Climate Change & the Energy Evolution, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law students learn how to use their legal skills to decarbonize the world’s economy.

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Turning Latin America green

Santiago Cunial, a doctoral candidate in political science, investigates issues surrounding green energy in Chile and Argentina.

Protecting a singular ecosystem in the Galápagos

Michael Weisberg, the Bess W. Heyman President's Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, students, and Ecuador's Ambassador to the United States reflect on the momentous expansion of the Galápagos Marine Reserve.

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Scientific American

Where rising seas threaten drinking water, scientists look for affordable solutions

Research led by Allison Lassiter of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design aims to identify water systems along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that are vulnerable to saltwater intrusion. “Besides being unpleasant to drink, salinized water can harm vulnerable populations, including people with hypertension and pregnant women,” she said.

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The Conversation

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?

Perry World House Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati, co-wrote an article about the uncertain future of Kiribati amid rising sea levels. “What we need is a model where displaced people can migrate to host nations when their homes become uninhabitable,” Tong and co-author Akka Rimon wrote. “Countries like Australia need workers—and we will soon need homes.”

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ABC News

How climate change can harm your skin

Misha Rosenbach of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about climate change’s effects on the skin, saying wildfire smoke can worsen eczema and increased sun exposure can heighten risk for skin cancer. “I think you would be very hard pressed to find someplace in the country that is completely unaffected,” he said.

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The New York Times

When bad news about the climate is good for green stock

Robert F. Stambaugh of the Wharton School said that by driving up the price of green stocks investors may be inadvertently increasing the expected returns for less environmentally friendly stocks. Stambaugh co-authored a paper on the dynamic with Wharton colleague Lucian Taylor.

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“Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson,” WBUR-Radio (Boston)

How insurance is protecting a coral reef from climate impacts in Mexico

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School discussed how “parametric insurance” benefits people after natural disasters. “With a parametric policy, the payout is only related to some independent measure of the disaster itself,” she said.

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Marketplace (NPR)

Lots of homeowners are dropping flood insurance, study shows

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School said the lack of detailed data on dropped flood insurance policies makes it difficult to determine why homeowners made the decision.

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