The US is back but is it better than ever?

Week 2 University of Michigan Student Delegates COP26 Glasgow Scotland Being able to attend an international United Nations conference has been a dream of mine for many years. Attending a conference like that as an observer feels energetic and inspiring. There are many like minded individuals all around you inspired to work on the very …

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Tuvalu and SIDS – Recurring Themes at COP26

One of the plenary floors at COP26 at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. As pressure mounts each year at COP for developed nations to contribute more ambitious NDCs, global climate financing, and further decarbonization efforts, the world has seen a wide spectrum of rhetoric and resulting action (or perhaps, inaction). As parties still debate …

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The “Invisible” Impacts of Climate Change: Mental & Psychosocial Health

When people think about the health impacts of climate change, they tend to focus on the physical impacts: the spread of vector-borne diseases, rises in heat-related and respiratory illnesses, more severe cases of malnutrition, and the increased risk of injury or death from extreme weather events, among others. What people don’t tend to think about …

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The Irony of a Climate Change Conference: COP26

I recently had the opportunity to travel to COP26 as a member of the University of Michigan’s Delegation. What an experience! Attending events and plenaries where the discussions of climate action were taking place was exciting and yet frustrating. Frustrating because the negotiations were not progressing fast enough and were not aggressive enough to combat …

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Nuclear’s Role in Fighting Climate Change

As tempting as it is, I’ll try not to spend too much time trying to convince you that nuclear power is the answer to how we save the world from the climate crisis. Please recognize my restraint though; advocating for nuclear is deeply engrained into most nuclear engineering curricula. We are taught to internalize many …

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