U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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12/19/2018
An Indian perspective on the Poland climate meeting: Not much help for the world's poor and vulnerable
Arun Agrawal, Professor of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan

The international climate change conference that concluded in Katowice, Poland on Dec. 15 had limited ambitions and expectations – especially compared to the 2015 meeting that produced the Paris climate agreement. It will be remembered mainly for its delegates agreeing on a common “rulebook” to implement existing country commitments for reducing emissions. Read More.

11/26/2018
Climate change is driving wildfires, and not just in California
Jonathan Overpeck, Samual A. Graham Dean, and William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Rains in northern California have helped firefighters contain the Camp Fire, which now ranks as the state’s most deadly wildfire. But unfortunately, all signs point to worsening events ahead in the North American West. Critically, the risk extends well beyond California, and better forest management alone won’t solve the problem. Read More.

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