C@E News & Events
October 10, 2017
Emory hosts American Mock WHO Conference on "Climate Change: The Global Health Response"
More than 200 students from around the world will gather at Emory this weekend for the fourth annual American Mock World Health Organization Conference. The conference, beginning October 13 and ending October 15, will focus on the topic, “Climate Change: The Global Health Response.”
The keynote speaker for the opening ceremony is Daniel Rochberg, chief strategy officer for the Climate@Emory initiative, instructor in the Rollins School of Public Health and co-founder of the Georgia Climate Project. Rochberg served for 17 years in the Bush and Obama administrations and was a member of delegations to multiple United Nations climate and development conferences.
The closing keynote speech will be delivered by Thomas H. Armbruster, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. During more than a quarter century in foreign service, his postings also included Cuba, Finland, Mexico, Russia and Tajikistan. Armbruster is fluent in Spanish and Russian.
Climate & Health Expert Levy Selected as AAAS Public Engagement Fellow
Last week, Karen Levy, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, joined 14 other infectious disease researchers in Washington, DC for an intensive week-long training on public engagement and science communication. In February, Karen was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to be part of the second cohort of the AAAS Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. read the press release here.
April 13, 2017
Inaugural Climate Analysis and Solutions Symposium
On April 21st, Climate@Emory’s Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team (ECAST) hosted the inaugural Climate Analysis and Solutions Symposium to highlight students’ climate-related work from the 2016-17 academic year. At the symposium, 19 students presented on 16 projects!
Honors thesis explores climate change, air quality, and health in ATL
For her honors thesis, Emily Li 17C created Climate Change is in the Air, a website that explores how climate change and air quality affect respiratory health in Atlanta. A double-major in Environmental Sciences and English, Li explains the science behind these connections, features stories from people directly impacted by these issues, and highlights solutions. Read the full story about Li’s website here.
March 14 - 17, 2017
2nd Annual Climate Week
From March 14-17, Emory Climate Organization (ECO) – a student organization following Emory’s participation in the 2015 UN climate talks in Paris -- convened the second annual Climate Week at Emory University. This year’s events included:
- Panel on COP 22 and US Climate Policy: Delegates from last year’s Emory delegation to the 22nd UN climate conference about their experiences and learn about the United States’ recent and current climate policy.
- Debunking Climate Myths: On Wednesday, ECO hosted a table at Emory’s “Wonderful Wednesdays” to debunk common climate myths.
- Environmental Justice – Why It Matters & What It Means Under this Administration: Officials from the CDC, EPA, and City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability spoke about their work addressing environmental, racial and economic issues, and the difficulty of doing so under the current administration.
- Screening of Chasing Ice: ECO hosted a screening of this film, recipient of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy award for Outstanding Nature Programming.
- Climate and Art Exhibition: To round out the week, ECO hosted a “Climate and Art Exhibition” on Friday night. This event allowed people to view climate-related art from members of the Emory community.
March 2, 2017
Atlanta Commerce Club hosts "Solar for All" event
On March 2nd, the Atlanta Commerce Club hosted a multidisciplinary group of Emory and Georgia Tech students for a dinner discussion on potential ideas for a solar for all project to expand solar access in low- and middle-income communities in Atlanta. Dinner was followed by a panel discussion featuring experts from the U.S. Green Building Council, Cox Enterprises, Environment Georgia, and the City of Atlanta. Emory and Georgia Tech students are now working to develop project ideas for advancing this agenda.
February 23, 2017
Atlanta Official Provides Briefing on Resilience Efforts
On February 23rd, Emory hosted Dr. Jairo Garcia, Deputy Chief Resilience Office for the City of Atlanta, for a briefing on Atlanta's commitments as a participant in the 100 Resilient Cities Program. In 2016, Atlanta was chosen by the Rockefeller Foundation to be one of 100 Resilient Cities worldwide. These cities share the common goal of working to become “more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.” Emory is working with Dr. Garcia on colleagues on several projects, including an assessment of the health co-benefits of Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan.
December 6, 2016
How will the shifting political winds affect U.S. climate policy?
In this article, Emory eScienceCommons' Carol Clark interviews Emory's UN climate delegation about their experience and the election.
December 1, 2016
"Action Time" - Student Delegate Geoff Martin reflects on COP22 experience
"I recently had the opportunity to attend the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco as part of the delegation from Emory University. It was an experience that I had been looking forward to for months, an opportunity to observe high level climate negotiations and learn from some of the world’s most notable experts on climate change science and policy. COP21 in Paris just a year earlier had been a huge success – hailed by almost everyone from environmental activists to government officials, it finally felt like we might just be able to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Parties to the Agreement pledged to keep global temperature rise “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” with the even loftier, albeit likely impossible goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It seemed, to me at least, that we had gotten over the largest hurdle – a global agreement to aggressively curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels that would be “safe” for the planet. Now Parties just had to flesh out the details of the Agreement and of their plans to reduce emissions, or their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). When we arrived at the conference, we received a burlap gift bag which contained, among other things, a small notebook with the words “Action Time” printed on the front. I didn’t quite know what to expect leading up to the COP, but those two words certainly summed up what I had hoped for. It was action time."
See full story here.
November 7, 2016
With Paris Agreement now in Force, Emory Delegation Heads to UN Climate Talks in MoroccoFor the second year in a row, Emory sent a delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference. A 10-member team is traveled to Marrakech for the November 7-18 event, which served as both the 22nd “Conference of the Parties” (COP 22) to the original 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and also importantly the first meeting of the Parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement (CMA 1). The delegation was led by Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Eri Saikawa and included four undergraduate students, two graduate students, and three staff members. These UN climate talks started just days after the groundbreaking 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change officially entered into force on November 4.
The team blogged from Morocco at http://climate.emorydomains.org/posts/, and students are tweeted at https://twitter.com/emoryclimateorg.
More information, including bios of the delegates, available here.
October 14, 2016
Emory/Ga. Tech Town Hall Considers No-Regrets Options for Georgia’s Energy Future
Emory and Georgia Tech convened the second annual Choosing Our Energy Future Town Hall on Georgia’s clean energy future. Organized by Climate@Emory and Georgia Tech’s Climate and Energy Policy Lab, the town hall was comprised of 82 participants from academia (nine from Emory), government, NGOs, utilities, and the private sector. During the town hall they discussed two things: (1) the future of the Clean Power Plan and other regulations and (2) what the state can do to move forward on clean energy irrespective of the fate of those regulations. Below are the 16 “no-regrets” options that came out of the discussion. For more information see the event website here, video here and here, and twitter feed at #GAenergy.
Emory, Nanjing University, Carter Center Discuss U.S.-China Cooperation on Air Quality and Climate Change
On October 12th Emory University hosted “Beyond Diplomacy: Opportunities for U.S. – China Cooperation on Climate Change.” As the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG), the U.S. and China face similar trials the require innovative solutions. Following a two-day research symposium exploring the potential for Emory and Nanjing Universities to work together on climate research, faculty from both universities held a public session to discuss their collaborative proposals on energy, air pollution, and agriculture and to explain how these projects contribute to solving pressing problems in the world. This event was kicked off by Emory Interim Provost Stuart Zola, Nanjing University Executive Vice Chancellor Zhong Yang, and Carter Center Vice President Jordan Ryan, followed by a great panel of experts from all three institutions.
The event was organized by the Halle Institute for Global Learning, the Confucius Institute in Atlanta, and the Carter Center China Program.
July 18, 2016
Emory PhD student, Sam Peters, awarded Borlaug Fellowship for research on greenhouse gas emissions of sustainable farming techniques
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded PhD Student Sam Peters the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship for his dissertation research on the greenhouse gas emissions of sustainable farming techniques. With the funding, Sam intends to extend his current examination of living mulch systems to the EMBRAPA research center in Petrolina, Brazil under the direction of Dr. Diana Signor. He will measure and analyze the emissions of maize living mulch systems through the winter growing season of 2017-2018. "I'm very excited to bring my research to a global scale and thankful for the opportunity Borlaug has provided me," says Sam. He is advised by Dr. Eri Saikawa.
July 7, 2016
Wes Longhofer's research examines the issue of "disproportionality" in fossil fuel-burning power plant emissions
Emory University's Goizueta Business School Professor, Wes Longhofer, co-authored a study published in the Nature Research Journal, Scientific Reports. The study explores the idea that some plants produce a heftier share of a nation’s total electricity-based emissions than others.
June 8, 2016
New Report on Clean Power Plan Compliance in the Southeast
The Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School today released a first-of-its-kind report analyzing how various state laws could affect Clean Power Plan compliance in eight Southeastern states. Press Release | Report
April 12, 2016
Screening of Klein’s “This Changes Everything” Documentary
As part of Emory’s 3rd annual Climate Week, students hosted a screening of Naomi Klein’s recent film about climate change, and economic and social inequality. Open to the public, community members from Atlanta and students from Emory convened to hear Klein’s message of intersecting systems and the importance of a new economic order to avoid climate chaos.
April 6, 2016
Film Screening: Ice and the Sky and Q&A
ECO, Climate@Emory, and Dr. Ryan Cook's class on "Film and Environment" partnered with the French Consulate in Atlanta to bring a special screening of "Ice and the Sky" to the Emory and broader Atlanta community. The film documents the early scientific career of Dr. Claude Lorius, who was instrumental in discovering paleo-atmospheric information contained in Antarctic ice cores and emphasizing the impact that humans have on the climate. After the film, Prof. Justin Burton (Emory) and Prof. Jérôme Chappellaz (CNRS) answered questions from the audience.
April 6, 2016
On April 6, 2016, Emory University and Agnes Scott College co-hosted the "Power Dialog," part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy to give students the chance to learn first hand about clean power issues in their state by interacting directly with leaders in the field.
April 2, 2016
Climate Salon, TED Talk
Blog post about the event written by Emory undergrad, Mae Bowen:
"Climate Salon broadens community perspectives on the effects of climate change
To cap off Climate Week 2016, the Emory Climate Organization partnered with TEDx Emory to host Climate Salon. The event, hosted by the AEPi Fraternity, featured four student speakers who aimed to engage the audience on varying topics related to climate change. The goal was to gather interested students and community members in an informal and comfortable setting to learn about the issue and engage in a dialogue about the challenges and solutions.
After mingling over wine and cheese, attendees heard first from Amy Hou, a junior in the college double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Economics. Hou is a member of Emory’s student government and the catalyst behind the new Undergraduate Sustainability Group, which led her to share her experiences engaging students on sustainability. She said, “it was really empowering to share my experience with a community of like-minded students, and hopefully we opened some minds throughout the course of the [climate] week as well.”
Hou was followed by college freshman Zola Berger-Schmitz, leader of Emory’s Seize the Grid campaign which is a Sierra Club effort that challenges college campuses to become 100% carbon neutral by 2030. She is no stranger to activism, having lobbied policymakers in her home state of California before taking on energy issues in Georgia. Berger-Schmitz stated that while “there are unique policy challenges that make it difficult to change the energy climate” in Georgia, Emory can be a leader in the state by investing in more solar energy. Regarding the Climate Salon event, she said “It was interesting to hear so many different perspectives from the speakers, all of whom had some sort of expertise in a specific environmental issue or area that they felt was greatly impacted by the global warming epidemic.”
Naomi Maisel, college senior majoring in Anthropology, next inspired the audience with a lesson on the relationship between agriculture and climate change. She taught us that, “global agriculture is at once a cause of climate change, due to increased greenhouse gas emissions from meat production, chemical usage, and poor land and soil management, and at risk from climate change, due to changing CO2 levels and increased climate variability.” Maisel was excited to have the chance to speak at the event on such an important issue. She said, “This is an issue I am especially passionate about, as it effects every single human being in the world, every single day. As such, it is an issue that I believe needs to be made apparent to as many people as possible so as to call to action those who will strive to secure a healthy and consistent global food supply for our generation and generations to come.”
The event ended on an optimistic note, with business school senior Taylor McNair sharing his journey to environmental advocacy. He surveyed over 100 Emory students and found that while belief in climate change was nearly unanimous, more than half of the students were apathetic when it came to climate action. However, McNair cited the recent historic climate change agreement in Paris as a reason for hope. If 195 countries can agree something needs to be done, we should feel inspired to take climate action too.
The Climate Salon was “an awesome event,” said McNair, “that showcased four really unique perspectives on climate issues, many that people don't often think about, in a relaxed and conversational environment--exactly what this type of issue needs to bring it to the forefront of people's agendas.” "
March 31, 2016
Screening of Years of Living Dangerously and Q&A with CDC Director, George LuberDirector Matt Damon’s series “Years of Living Dangerously" acts as an exposé on the perils of Climate Change and how they have already begun to affect our lives. This screening focused on the episode “Mercury Rising,” a look into heat wave variability and increased mortality count around the world. After the film, audience members had the opportunity to partake in a Q&A session with CDC epidemiologist and Emory professor George Luber. Luber advised Damon in the episode and warned about the invisible perils of increased heat over space and time.
March 30, 2016
Change the System, Not the Climate: An Environmental Justice Panel
Students from Emory, Agnes Scott and Spelman College hosted a night to talk about recent environmental injustices and student solutions. Students learned about and discussed the Flint water crisis, the Bhopal disaster, community organizing in Detroit, and the Greenlandic Inuit peoples and climate change.
March 28, 2016
Climate Change Art Exhibition
This event kicked off Climate Week and showcased a gallery of climate-related photos that consisted of submissions by Emory students, as well as, some taken at the Climate Talks in Paris from the "Humans of COP" series. A talk was also given on the role of art in expression and social justice and partiipants were even able to create climate art of their own to take with them.
"...with love and respect, nature timelessly outlives our humanity." Great caption from Emory student, Amaya Phillip's, photo
March 28-April 1, 2016
Emory students engaged in an interdisciplinary study of climate change have turned their interest into action, inviting the campus community to learn more about the global crisis through Climate Week.
March 24, 2016
Epidemiologist, Climate and Health Program, CDC
Talk title: “Assessing Current and Future Heat-Related Exposure Using Land use and Climate Projections”
This talk presented the methodology and results from a recently published study that utilizes parcel level land use and climate projection data to demonstrate the independent and combined effects of land use change and climate change on exposure to extreme heat across Houston, Texas.
March 23, 2016
As part of the Atlanta Science Festival, Emory Climate Organization and the Carter Center China Program held a panel and Q&A session on the recently concluded Paris Agreement. They covered all aspects of international climate negotiations, from the climate science to China's emission reduction.
March 22, 2016
Adjunct Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory Law School
Topic: A Conversation on Vulnerability and the Global Climate Change Regime
March 15, 2016
Dr. Barry S. Levy
Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Tufts University
Pathways in Global Health lecture: “Climate Change and Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities”
March 10, 2016
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology, Dr. Agnew, recently won the American Society of Criminology’s highest honor for his pioneering work on the causes of crime. His most recent published research, in particular, sheds some light on how climate change will impact most of the leading causes of crime, perpetuating the problem.
March 9, 2016
Dr. Eri Saikawa's research contributes to our understanding of the net balance of greenhouse gases on every region of Earth's landmasses
The study, published in Nature found that human-induced emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from ecosystems overwhelmingly surpass the ability of the land to soak up carbon dioxide emissions, which makes the terrestrial biosphere a contributor to climate change.
March 3, 2016
Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC
This event was part of the Spring 2016 Climate@Emory /QuanTM Lecture Series on Quantitative Approaches in Climate Change
March 2, 2016
Dr. Karen Levy's research reveals that rising temperatures increase the cases of diarrhea in many countries
The study, published by in the Journal of Infectious Disease highlights the interconnected nature of climate change, infectious disease and children's health. Efforts to treat current diarrhea diseases risk being overwhelmed as temperatures rise and spur more illness. Dr. Levy makes the case that investing in water and sanitation improvement should be considered a form of climate adaptation.
February 26, 2016
Executive Director, republicEN.org
Talk title: "Free Enterprise Solutions to Climate Change"
Bob Inglis represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-1998 and 2005-2010. In 2015, he received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his commitment to climate action. He currently serves as the Executive Director for republicEN.org.
February 25, 2016
Film Screening, "Merchants of Doubt"
February 25, 2016
General Counsel, U.S. EPA
Talk title: "A Conversation with the U.S. EPA's General Counsel"
February 24, 2016
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science, MIT
Talk title: "A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone About Climate Change & Getting Past Climate Gridlock"
This talk included key aspects of (i) the science of climate change, (ii) why international agreement on climate change policy has proven particularly difficult, and (iii) what the Paris agreement on climate change is achieving and could achieve in the future.
This event was part of the Spring 2016 Climate@Emory /QuanTM Lecture Series on Quantitative Approaches in Climate Change
February 11, 2016
Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences, MIT
Topic of talk: Earth System Stability Through Geologic Time
This event was part of the Spring 2016 Climate@Emory/QuanTM Lecture Series on Quantitative Approaches in Climate Change
January 28, 2016
Professor, Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Talk title: "Near Miss: The importance of the preanthropogenic atmospheric CO2 concentration on human historical evolution"
This event was part of the Spring 2016 Climate@Emory/QuanTM Lecture Series on Quantitative Approaches in Climate Change
November 30 - December 11, 2015
Two faculty members and nine students represented Emory at the UN Climate Conference in Paris. The students, part of the interdisciplinary class, "Paris is an Explanation", shared their experiences here.
December 3, 2015
Assistant Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Seminar on her "Research for Prevention of Heat-Related Illness in Agricultural Workers: Perspectives from the Pacific Northwest".
December 2, 2015
As delegates from more than 190 countries meet at the UN Climate Conference in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire Sterk announced new university-wide support for Climate@Emory.
November 29, 2016
550 participants descended upon Atlanta for the People's Climate March Atlanta that was part of the Global Climate March led by the People's Climate Movement and Avaaz. It was in anticipation of the COP21/CMP11 Climate Talks in Paris that began November 30, 2016 and demonstrators in the march demanded action for climate change from local and world leaders.
November 23, 2015
More than 40,000 people from around the world, including a delegation from Emory, are expected to descend on Paris, France, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, for what many seem as the best chance yet for a universal climate agreement.
November 11, 2015
Brewing for Change
Byron Corrales Discusses Issues Related to Climate Change and Coffee
October 31, 2015
On a recent Saturday, 30 students represented a country, or block of countries, to simulate the U.N. talks. Naomi Maisel, right, made the case for India. "You have to rethink your reality based on all the countries involved and figure out how to make it work," she says.
October 25, 2015
In partnership with the French Consulate General, Care, and Action Against Hunger. Discover how some of France and America’s top humanitarian organizations are confronting issues related to climate change in this roundtable discussion. For more information visit: http://www.france-atlanta.org/?p=1197
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Seminar on "High resolution modeling of climate's impact on air quality and public health".
September 28, 2015
Choosing Our Energy Future: Town Hall Discussion of Georgia’s Options for Implementing the Clean Power Plan
The Town Hall meeting explored the key decisions Georgia must make in developing its state plan and the potential impacts these decisions will have on our environment, our economy, our pocketbooks and our health.
August 6, 2015
Emory physical chemist , Dr. Lian, researches light-driven charge transfer for solar energy conversion.In a paper published in Science, Emory's Tim Lian and colleagues reported the discovery of a new way to use plasmons - a special motion of electrons on a metal's surface - to harness sunlight for energy. Read Carol Clark's eScienceCommons story here.
June 29, 2015
June 1, 2015
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded study assessing climate change and heat-related morbidity among vulnerable populations in Atlanta
A growing body of evidence demonstrates the effects of temperature extremes on health, with considerable research pointing to increased morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat, particularly in the elderly. Evidence also suggests that, along with demographic shifts, these associations have important implications for public health going forward, as extreme heat events are expected to increase in frequency, intensity, and duration. However, there remain significant gaps in understanding the current and future health impacts of heat, including assessment of sensitive subpopulations and uncertainty quantification in health impact projections. Dr. Stefanie Sarnat and her research team are conducting a detailed assessment of heat-related morbidity and climate change health impacts for Atlanta, Georgia. This project will provide a further understanding of heat-related morbidity, including identification of sensitive subpopulations, intra-urban patterns of risk due to determinants of heat vulnerability, and estimation of future excess heat-related morbidity in Atlanta. These results will ultimately aid in supporting and prioritizing targeted intervention efforts and will be significant for informing emergency preparedness related to extreme heat and climate change.
April 24, 2015
Inaugural Climate@Emory Day of Scholarship
On April 24, 2015, faculty, staff, and students from Emory and the greater Atlanta area gathered for the inaugural Climate@Emory Day of Scholarship. The full-day event fostered communication and collaboration on climate change research through a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and poster presentations that highlighted the diversity of climate-related scholarship and teaching in the region. Keynote talks included:
- “The Church’s Changing Climate: Integrating Ecology” – Cory Labrecque, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Religious Thought, Emory
- “Corals as Communicators” –Kim Cobb, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech
- “New Work at Emory on Health Effects of Climate Change: Can Atlanta Institutions Become a Leading Hub?” -- Paige Tolbert, Chair, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory
- “Understanding the Impacts of Human Activities on Atmospheric Particles, Clouds, and Climate” -- Anathasios Nenes, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech
- “Climate and Health: Vector-Borne Diseases” -- Uriel Kitron, Chair, Environmental Sciences, Emory
- “The Future of Climate Change” -- Marilyn Brown, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech.
Funding for the event was generously provided by the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Laney Graduate School and Goizueta Business School.
April 15, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Dione Lee Rossiter, PhD
Director, AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
"Communicating Climate. How and Why”
April 9, 2015
April 1, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Professor Lance Gunderson
Emory Department of Environmental Sciences
“Assessing Resilience and Governance in Regional Scale Water Basins Facing Climate Change”
March 18, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Professor Marshall Shepherd
Department of Geography, University of Georgia
2013 President, American Meteorological Society
"Climate Change: A Contemporary Perspective”
February 18, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Mandy Mahoney, JD
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
“Climate and Clean Energy Policy in the Southeast”
February 4, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Professor Brian Stone
School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Adapting to climate change in cities: The party's not over but it's getting wet (and hot)”
January 21, 2015
C@E Seminar with Distinguished Lecturer Christine Wiedinmyer, PhD
National Center for Atmospheric Research Earth System Laboratory
“Constraining the Emissions of Air Pollutants and Their Impacts”
Featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Emory Magazine, Dr. Saikawa speaks about her background and interests in Climate Change resaerch, as well as the need for a focus on the science of Climate Change along with policy analysis. Read the full article to learn more!
December 11, 2014
Climate@Emory was recently approved by the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change as an official observer to UN Climate negotiations. As an accredited group, C@E is able to send delegates to annual UN Climate Negotiations. See this link for more information.
November 17, 2014
Working with Dr. Justin Remais, Emory School of Medicine student Maggie Hodges and Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Jessica Belle examined how, despite China’s rapid progress improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH) infrastructure and access, infectious diseases in China associated with poor WSH conditions might be exacerbated by climate change in 2020 and 2030.
They used estimates of the temperature sensitivity of diarrheal disease and three vector-borne diseases, temperature projections from global climate models using four emissions pathways, WSH-infrastructure development scenarios and projected demographic changes, to estimate the projected impacts of climate change by 2030. Their research found that climate change may delay China’s historically rapid progress toward reducing the burden of WSH-attributable infectious disease by 8-85 months.
Alongside colleagues from Yale and UNC, Emory's Dr. Karen Levy convened a side session on climate change and diarrheal diseases at the annual UNC Water and Health Conference in 2014
Experts addressed the overarching question of how diverse scientists and practitioners can better integrate their approaches in order to predict the impact of climate change in resource low settings, and to design adaptation strategies to improve resilience to climate change, as well as prevention strategies that can work in the present as well as in the future.
September 3, 2014
The polar regions of our planet show an alarming sensitivity to climate change. Ice is rapidly being discharged into the ocean from the margins of the Greenland and Antartic ice sheets. In order to better understand the physics of this process, Dr. Justin Burton and his collaborators study the dynamics of floating icebergs on a laboratory scale. See this feature in Emory's eScienceCommons for more information.
May 13, 2014
Emory launches $2.3 million study on water quality and waterborne disease in a changing and more variable climate
|A five-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting the development of new computational approaches for better understanding and responding to infectious disease risks that result from a changing and variable climate. "Waterborne disease causes millions of deaths each year, mostly among children, and more than 2 billion people in tropical and subtropical regions have limited access to clean water and adequate sanitation," says Dr. Justin Remais, Associate Professor of Environmental Health and principal investigator of the project. "Identifying sustainable responses to future water supply and quality problems is essential to reducing the global burden of waterborne diseases," he adds. Remais' research team is developing open-source computational models of surface water quality and waterborne disease risk that account for complex relationships between meteorological phenomena and pathogen growth, survival and transport, using as test sites well-studied regions in western China and northern Ecuador. The research is funded by the NSF's Water, Sustainability and Climate Program, which is part an NSF-wide initiative in Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability. To learn more, see additional information here.|
Dr. Jeremy Hess' work on extreme heat and health in India
Jeremy Hess contributed to a paper describing the development of an evidence-based heat preparedness plan and early warning system in an urban area of Guajarat, India. Read it here!
Second year MDP student Renee Barron is a member of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization comprised of veterans and first responders. When an ice storm hit the Southern US in February 2014, Team Rubicon deployed to Augusta, Georgia to assist with clearing debris and repairing damage to homes. Renee conducted assessments, prioritized work orders and served as the planning chief to make sure the operation ran efficiently. The team used GPS technology to integrate data on storm impacts and household vulnerability that enabled the identification of areas where assistance was most urgently needed.
MDP Director Carla Roncoli and MDP graduate Nafisa Ferdous served as trainers/facilitators for the Qualitative Research Track at a Gender Training and Strategizing Workshop, held at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya on October 22-25, 2013. The Workshop was organized by the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program and attended by about 80 representatives of NGO, universities, and government agencies from all over the world. Nafisa served as an intern with CCAFS during summer 2013, conducting research in Western Kenya, and is currently working as CCAFS Gender and Social Learning Consultant. Read more about Nafisa’s work here.
October 2, 2013
Working with Dr. Karen Levy in Emory's Environmental Health department, and Dr. Ben Lopman, an expert on the epidemiology of norovirus at the CDC, MPH student Sharia Ahmed carried out a systematic review to characterize the global seasonality of virus. She found that 52.7% of cases and 41.2% of outbreaks occurred in winter months, and 78.9% of cases and 71.0% of outbreaks occurred in cool months. She published her findings in PLoS One.
September 27, 2013
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)-funded study assessing the terrestrial and atmospheric nitrogen cycle
Soils are a significant source of atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O), a third-largest anthropogenic greenhouse gas that also contributes to the stratospheric ozone depletion. Dr. Eri Saikawa and her collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a numerical model to estimate the impact of N2O emissions from soil. Simulation results suggest that the El Niño events decrease N2O emissions in tropical South Asia, while the opposing La Niña causes a spike, modifying these emissions on a global scale. These results are highlighted in Nature Geoscience and more information can be found from here.
February 24, 2011
Working with Dr. Justin Remais, Environmental Health-Epidemiology MSPH student Radhika Dhingra carried out research examining the greening of China's indoor fuel use. She found that anaerobic digesters could reduce greenhouse emissions while improving health in rural China, and published her research in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Addressing climate change impacts in India
Rollins School of Public Health MPH student Kathy Tran interned with the Indian Institute of Public Health in Gandhinagar to investigate the potential climate change adaptation strategies by conducting a heat vulnerability assessment. The assessment was a cross-sectional household survey that sought to identify risk factors, exposure-outcome associations and adaptive measures specific for this region of India. Collaborating with Dr. Jeremy Hess, Kathy focused her research on slum dwellers, who are highly vulnerable to heat exposure.