Climate@Emory News Archive

As of June 2021, Climate@Emory is no longer maintaining a running list of climate-related news and events.  Please see below for past news:   

June 2nd, 2021


Human-induced climate change responsible for a third of heat-related deaths 

 Rollins School of Public Health faculty member, Dr. Noah Scovronick, was co-author on a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change, "The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change." This international study coordinated by the University of Bern and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increasing mortality risks due to heat: between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to global warming. The study, the largest of this kind, used data from 732 cities in 43 countries around the world.

“This study shows us that the impacts of climate change are already upon us and are being felt all over the world,” says Scovronick. “The southeastern United States is no exception. This work provides another reminder of the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to implement policies to protect the people most at risk.”

Access the full Emory news release here

May 10th, 2021


Application Deadline 7/31 for Student Delegates to COP 26 

Applications are now open for Emory students to apply to be a delegate to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1- 12th, 2021. Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in ENVS 326/ENVS 526: Climate Change and Society. For more information about the Emory delegation, visit  

Access the application here.  

May 6th, 2021

USDA awards Emory-Conservation Fund partnership, the Working Farms Fund, $4.8 million

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $4.8 million to the Working Farms Fund to boost support for next-generation farmers in Georgia and create a more resilient food system across metro Atlanta. The Working Farms Fund, an initiative supported by a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Conservation Fund and Emory University, acquires and permanently protects farmland, helping farmers who would not have the means to purchase the land at full market price.

To support the Working Farms Fund, Emory has committed to purchase the locally sourced, fresh food grown from farmers entering the program, which provides the stability these farmers need to make long-term, strategic investments in their business. The partnership also allows Emory faculty and students the opportunity to conduct research on Working Farms Fund farms.

Access the full Emory news release here

May 1st, 2021


Registration Now Open for the 2021 Georgia Climate Conference 

Registration is now open for the 2021 Georgia Climate Conference on Jekyll Island, taking place from August 12-13th. This in-person event is hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and will bring together more than 430 leaders and experts to talk about climate change in Georgia. 

For more information about the conference and registration, visit

April 28th, 2021


Emory Co-hosts the Atlanta-area Climate Change and Clinical Practice Symposium Virtual Event

Clinicians, clinical and hospital leaders, health professionals, and students gathered virtually on April 28th, 2021 from 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST for a half day symposium on what has been called the greatest health challenge of our time. Engaging lectures and panel discussion explored the clinical practice implications of climate change and strategies for addressing climate-associated practice and care delivery challenges.

Hosts for this Atlanta-area conference were NEJM Group, Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

April 28th, 2021


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "Equity and Justice in a Changing Climate in Georgia."

Against the backdrop of a multi-generational legacy of racial injustice, climate change disproportionately impacts environmental justice communities in Georgia. Building climate resilience and reducing emissions can lower economic and public health risks in these communities and provide new economic opportunities. Webinar presenters included Chandra Farley (Partnership for Southern Equity), Lindsay Harper (Arm in Arm), Mildred McClain (Harambee House / Citizens for Environmental Justice), Na'Taki Osborne Jelks (Spelman College), Fatemeh Shafiei (Spelman College), and moderated by Felicia Davis (HBCU Green Fund & BWR).

For those who want to learn about how a changing climate impacts equity and justice in Georgia and what can be done about it, the recording is now available on the Georgia Climate Project’s YouTube Channel.

March 31st, 2021


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia's Agriculture?"

Georgia’s agriculture is changing — in the years to come, scientists expect increased heat stress, longer growing seasons, and changes in rainfall which could lead to both more severe droughts and more floods. Webinar presenters included Casey Cox (Longleaf Ridge Farms), Pam Knox (University of Georgia), Sed Rowe (Rowe Organic Farms LLC), Andrew Walmsley (American Farm Bureau Federation) and moderated by Carrie Furman (University of Georgia).

To learn about what a change in climate means for agriculture in Georgia and how Georgia’s farmers can prepare for and respond to these impacts, the recording is now available on the Georgia Climate Project’s YouTube Channel.

February 26th, 2021


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia's Weather?"

Georgia’s weather is changing—in the years to come, scientists expect more heat, more intense flooding, more drought, and more intense storms. These changes bring real risks to Georgians. Webinar presenters included Dr. Melissa Hopkinson (University of North Georgia), Dr. Marshall Shepherd (University of Georgia), Daniel Rochberg (Emory University), and moderatored by Brandon Miller (CNN and Georgia Tech). The recording is now available on the Georgia Climate Project’s YouTube Channel.

February 25th, 2021


Southeast Conversations on the Lancet Countdown: Climate and Health Webinar

On February 25th, the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health hosted a webinar discussing the results from the 2020 Lancet Climate and Health report. Featured speakers included Dr. Renee Salas, Surili Patel, and Stacey Abrams. 

The recording of the webinar is available on the Southern Economic Advancement Project's Facebook page.

December 18th, 2020


Rollins School of Public Health Launches New Certificate in Climate and Health 

“Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the century,” said James W. Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, “and it is essential that we offer our students opportunities to develop the skills they will need to be leaders in this field.”  

The new Certificate in Climate and Health will be offered to all students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) programs at Rollins. To receive the certificate, students will be required to complete a two-course sequence on climate and health, take two additional electives, and complete a thesis or capstone on a climate-related topic. The Certificate is one of two new initiatives to boost Emory’s contributions in the field of climate and health specifically. Email Ariadne Swichtenberg with any questions. 

More information on the Certificate is available here

Link to the news release available here

December 16th, 2020


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia's Water Resources?"

As Georgia’s climate changes, the state is projected to experience more water extremes — more intense heavy rainfalls and flooding and more frequent and intense droughts. This webinar explored how a changing climate will impact Georgia’s water resources and what steps Georgians are taking to build resilience to these impacts. Webinar presenters included: Katherine Atteberry (Metropolitain North Georgia Water Planning District), Darryl Haddock (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance), Na'Taki Osborne Jelks (Spelman College), Mark Masters (Albany State), Amy Rosemond (University of Georgia), and moderated by Rob McDowell (Georgia State University, Perimeter College). 

The webinar recording is available on the Georgia Climate Project Youtube Channel. 

December 9th, 2020

Emory Contributes to 2020 Lancet Climate and Health Assessments 

Faculty members Yang Liu and Liuhua Shi and doctoral student Bryan Vu contributed to The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2020 Report. They performed a global analysis on the effects of wildfires using both model-based risk and satellite-observed exposure. According to Dr. Liu, major findings in the analysis included "114 countries experienced an increase in the number of days people were exposed to ‘very high’ or ‘extremely high’ fire danger risk for the four-year period ending 2019. At the same time, 103 countries experienced an increase in population exposure to wildfires.” Read more here.


December 9th, 2020


Inside Climate News Highlights Georgia Climate Project, Drawdown Georgia 

As part of their "All Eyes on Georgia" series, Inside Climate News reached out to the Georgia Climate Project for a summary of climate impacts in Georgia. The article includes a range of perspectives across the state, including Emory's Carrie Keough and Daniel Rochberg

Read the full article here

November 18th, 2020


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia's Ecosystem?"

Georgia is home to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the country, providing habitat for species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Changes in temperatures and rainfall are expected to shift the distribution of Georgia’s species, endangering critical plants, fish and wildlife. This webinar featured a discussion on how climate change will impact Georgia’s ecological systems and what conservation strategies are underway to promote our state’s resilience. Webinar presenters included: Jon Ambrose (Georgia Department of Natural Resources), Steven Brantley (Jones Center at Ichauway), Jenny McGuire (Georgia Tech), Corina Newsome (Georgia Audubon), Jacqueline Mohan (University of Georgia), and moderated by Carolyn Keogh (Emory University). 

The webinar recording is available on the Georgia Climate Project Youtube Channel. 

October 28th, 2020


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgians' Health?"

This webinar featured a discussion on how Georgia’s changing climate presents increasing risks to the health of all Georgians and will exacerbate existing health inequities. Impacts include frequent heat waves, decreases in outdoor air quality, increases in pollen exposure, and greater spread of vector-borne diseases. Webinar presenters included: Claudia Brown (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Dr. Linda Walden (Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action), LTC David DeGroot (United States Army, Ft. Benning), Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn (Emory University, School of Medicine), and Rachel Usher (Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health).

The webinar recording is available on the Georgia Climate Project Youtube channel.

October 17th, 2020


Drawdown Georgia Identifies Top 20 Carbon Reduction Solutions for GA

On October 17th, Drawdown Georgia officially launched with a week of virtual events centered around the solutions that will put Georgia on the path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Drawdown Georgia is the first state-centered effort to crowd solve for climate change, with solutions that are tailored to Georgia’s unique natural, economic, and social resources. 

Learn more about the climate solutions that Drawdown Georgia is working on here

Explore the science behind the 20 solutions of Drawdown Georgia here.  

September 30th, 2020


Introducing the Georgia Climate Information Portal

In September, the Georgia Climate Project launched a new Georgia Climate Information Portal with pages addressing Georgia’s water resources, ecosystems, impacts on human health, and Georgia’s coasts. This portal- created by Georgians for Georgians- aims to provide quick access to information on the two central questions of the Georgia Climate Project: what does a changing climate mean for Georgia and what can we do about it? Pages on other key themes will be featured in the months to come. The Information Portal is a living product that will be updated periodically. 

Visit the Georgia Climate Information Portal here.

September 30th, 2020


Georgia Climate Project Webinar Series Presents "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia's Coast?"

Georgia Climate Project kicked off their monthly webinar series with the September webinar, "What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Georgia’s Coast?". The session touched on a variety of different climate related topics, including sea level rise and flooding along the Georgia coast, salt marsh benefits, infrastructure impacts, environmental injustice, and adaptation strategies. 

Webinar presenters included: Jill Gambill (University of Georgia Marine Extension and Sea Grant), Dr. Joel Kostka (Georgia Institute of Technology, Scott Pippin (University of Georgia), Dawud Shabaka (Harambee House/ Citizens for Environmental Justice), and Jennifer Kline (Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division), and Ashby Worley (The Nature Conservancy).

The webinar recording is available on the Georgia Climate Project YouTube Channel.

May 15th, 2020

New Book from ENVS Professor Anthony J. Martin Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Georgia Coast

Professor Anthony J Martin, of the Environmental Sciences Department, published a new book titled “Tracking the Georgia Isles”

From the book description: “Finally, Martin's epilogue introduces the sobering idea that climate change, with its resultant extreme weather and rising sea levels, is the ultimate human trace affecting the Georgia coast. Here he asks how the traces of the past and present help us to better predict and deal with our uncertain future.”


May 12th, 2020

Emory to Install More Than 15,000 Solar Panels Across 16 Buildings 

Emory University will install more than 15,000 solar panels across 16 buildings on its Druid Hills campus, which will generate approximately 10 percent of Emory’s peak energy requirements and reduce Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 4,300 metric tons. The investment supports Emory’s newly revised greenhouse gas emissions goals, which now mirror the latest science articulated by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that requires a 45 percent reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Read the Emory News story here


May 7th-8th, 2020

Emory Hosts Virtual Universities for a Greener Georgia 2020 Conference

Emory virtually hosted the Universities for a Greener Georgia 2020 Conference. Universities for a Greener Georgia welcomed a variety of student and faculty presentations on climate-related topics, with a keynote address from Naomi Klein. View the conference abstracts and information here


April 30th, 2020

Online Elective Teaches Medical Students About Climate Change and Clinical Medicine

Dr. Becca Philipsborn created an online tool to invite lecturers from other schools to pool expertise about climate change in the clincal setting. This 4 week online course will cover Climate Change and Emerging Clinical Challenges, Health Equity and Social Justice, Climate Solutions for the Healthcare Sector, and Communicating about Climate Change. Students will learn about recognizing, managing, and mitigating the many-faceted consequences of climate change for health and healthcare delivery that they will face in their practice. The online lectures are available here


March 11th, 2020

AJC: "After 5 Years, Emory WaterHub a model for Water Reuse"

Emory's WaterHub, the first facility of its kind in the U.S. to harness the power of nature to recycle water, has reclaimed and recycled 300+ million gallons of campus wastewater since its launch 5 years ago.  Read the AJC article here


December 3rd, 2019


Sustainability Small Grants Help Fund Campus and Health Care Initiatives 

Each year, Emory receives new ideas proposed and executed by students, faculty and staff seeking creative ways to participate in sustainability initiatives. The Office of Sustainability Initiatives’ annual incentives funds programs seek new knowledge, support new behavior patterns and foster cultural change toward social justice and sustainability at Emory and beyond.

The newest awards range from research laboratory efficiency and clinic space waste reduction, to public art and enhanced learning environments. All projects embody Emory’s sustainability vision “to be a model of transformative practices and sustainable choices at every level. From the copy room to the operating room, from the classroom to the residence hall — among academic units, healthcare units, and operational units — Emory will more deeply engage the challenges of sustainability and expand our leadership in higher education.” 

“This year the Emory community came out with a bang,” says Vincent Graves, environmental health and safety professional II and member of the Incentives Funds review committee. “It’s great to know that there are so many faculty, staff, students and health care staff from the Emory community taking the initiative to lead projects that will move Emory and the surrounding community forward in sustainability.”

Read more about the initiative and view the full press release here

November 14th, 2019


Photo by CatMax Photography 

Georgia Climate Conference Explores What's at Stake for State

Questions of what a changing climate means to Georgia — and how to address it — drew a diverse crowd of more than 400 scientific experts; political, agricultural and business leaders; social justice activists and academics to Emory University for the Georgia Climate Conference on November 7-8th. 

“Climate change affects all of us in Georgia and affects all of us differently, so it’s important to hear from all of those perspectives,” said Daniel Rochberg, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, and co-founder of the Georgia Climate Project. 

“The baseline assumption is that our climate is changing and we need to be clear-eyed about that and think about what risks it presents and what opportunities we can reach for in minimizing that risk,” he said. 

Read the full Emory news release here

November 7th, 2019


Georgia Climate Project Hosts the Georgia Climate Conference at the Emory Hotel and Conference Center

The 2019 Georgia Climate Conference, hosted by the Georgia Climate Project, brought together more than 430 leaders and experts from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors to collaborate, raise awareness of work across the state, highlight progress, and identify opportunities to do more. The conference focused on two main questions: what does a changing climate mean for Georgia and what can we do about it?

Learn more about the conference and view the conference presentations at the Georgia Climate Project website here

August 29th, 2019


EcoChemory: a Sustainability Project in the Department of Chemistry 

EcoChemory was created by Dr. Kevin Sullivan (Hill Lab, Dept. of Chemistry and seen in the photo above), Elena Jordanov (Saikawa Lab, Dept. of Environmental Health), and Rachel Bender (Heemstra Lab, Dept. of Chemistry). The overall goal of EcoChemory is to incorporate the culture of sustainability into chemistry labs.  They aim to create a coalition of scientists, researchers, and students of the Department of Chemistry who are in support of sustainable laboratory practices.

A few key ways to do this includes, but is not limited to: increased resource-sharing throughout the department, engagement on sustainable practices within the department, and department engagement with the rest of Emory’s community on the different facets of sustainability. 

For more information, view the full press release here

December 3rd, 2018


Ray C. Anderson Foundation Supports Statewide Climate Consortium 

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory University to advance the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined by Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia. 

“Our universities have tremendous expertise to examine and explore solutions for climate change in the State of Georgia,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. “This grant offers Georgia institutions an opportunity to leverage our shared research expertise to address one of this century’s defining challenges.”   

Read the full Emory news release here

July 30th, 2018

Georgia Model Zoning Solar Ordinance Published

To help accelerate the smart growth of solar in Georgia, representatives from Emory University School of Law's Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute, and the University of Georgia have published the Georgia Model Solar Zoning Ordinance and accompanying explanatory guide. The ordinance strikes an important balance – protecting communities and the environment, while encouraging solar development and banking the benefits of cleaner electricity across the state.

Emory, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia saw and responded to the availability gap for Georgia-specific information and developed the ordinance. “Counties and cities were looking for help crafting land use standards, as well as access to current, unbiased, and rigorous data, said Mindy Goldstein, co-author of the ordinance and director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. "Community members were looking for assurances that sensitive environments would be protected and their neighborhoods would still feel like home. Solar developers were looking for standardized siting requirements. We believe the ordinance meets all of these needs.”

The authors crafted the ordinance using information gathered through more than sixty-five stakeholder meetings and thousands of hours of research, drawing on each university’s unique set of skills and expertise. The ordinance takes a comprehensive approach and everything from rooftop to utility-scale solar is covered. But its flexibility may be the ordinance’s greatest asset. “It is built to last. The provisions can bend as a community’s needs change and technology improves,” said Goldstein.

Read more here

solar ordinance

May 23th, 2018

Georgia Climate Project Releases “Georgia Climate Research Roadmap”

On May 23, the Georgia Climate Project—a state-wide consortium founded by Emory, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia—released a new paper in the journal Environmental Management with 40 key research questions that can help policymakers and practitioners better understand and address climate change in Georgia. 

The "Georgia Climate Research Roadmap," is an interactive Roadmap which asks questions of climate change impacts and solutions in Georgia. The 40 questions presented focus on topics ranging from Georgia’s agriculture and coasts to human health and social equity.

More information:

Climate Research Main Page

April 30th, 2018

Physics of a glacial 'slushy' reveal granular forces on a massive scale

Scientists have found that the laws for how granular materials flow also apply on large geophysical scales, in icebergs piling up in the ocean at a glacier's outlet. In a new PNAS article, Emory University' physicist, Dr. Justin Burton and his team have been able to connect microscopic theories for the mechanics of granular flow to a glacial ice mélange. His findings could help researchers understand the future of the Greenland and Antarctica's ice sheets.

Read more here.

April 27th, 2018

2nd Annual Student Climate Symposium

27 students from Emory College, Oxford College, Rollins, Candler, Goizueta, and Laney presented projects for ECAST’s second annual Climate Analysis & Solutions Symposium. The 18 projects ranged in topic from the energy efficiency of local businesses to the intersection of climate and the Bible.

ECAST Symposium

April 26th, 2018


Rollins Researchers Receive IBM Grant to Study Impact of Climate Change on Health 

Researchers at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health have received one of IBM's Climate Change and Environmental grants, which provide technology resources to assist research on climate change and environmental issues.

Drs. Howard Chang and Yang Liu were selected for their project aimed at examining the impact of climate change on temperature and air pollution on human health at the local level.   

“This work represents a wonderful example of the strength of scientific collaboration linking the power of modern computing, environmental health sciences, biostatistics and high-resolution satellite data to address pressing public health problems in creative and thoughtful ways," says Lance Waller, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. "We look forward to important, policy-relevant results based on cutting-edge science.”

Read the full Emory news release here. 

April 9-14th, 2018

3rd Annual Climate Week

Emory's 3rd Annual Climate Week was a big success! Students from organizations across campus including ECO, ECAST, and Slow Food collaborated to sponsor four events: a Chasing Coral film screening, an informal discussion about climate change with Campus Couches, and a Fast Fashion sustainable clothing exchange. The week culminated with the Universities for a Greener Georgia Conference, bringing together 50 students from five schools across the state of Georgia. Students presented original climate policy and science research, engaged in state-wide climate initiative trainings such as the carbon reduction challenge, and participated in a student sustainability round-table discussion where they shared environmental initiatives happening on their respective campuses.

Bottom Left: Angela Jiang, vice undergraduate chair of ECAST and organizer of the Fast Fashion sustainable clothing exchange, smiles for the camera as she finishes sorting clothes for the event. Bottom Right: Emory University student presenter, Sienna Nordquist, gives an engaging presentation about the United Nations Regional Centers of Expertise Initiative (UN RCE). Top: Jessie Moore and Katherine Ma, members of ECO's executive board, proudly display the Universities for a Greener Georgia reusable bags given to attendees at the conference check-in station.

Climate Week

March 28th, 2018 

Andy Revkin Speaks with Emory Community

Award-winning environmental journalist and author, Andy Revkin, spoke with Emory students and faculty on March 28. Revkin spent more than 20 years covering environmental issues at the New York Times and was most recently named the National Geographic Society’s Strategic Adviser for Environment and Science Journalism. The lunchtime seminar focused on “Pursuing Climate Progress in the New Communications Climate.” This event was co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and the Emory Climate Organization.

Andy Revkin Speaking

November 15, 2017

Climate Change Theater Action at Emory

Climate Change Theater Action (CCTA), a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays, came to Emory University on November 15. Written by playwrights from around the world, the pieces are presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties. Emory students and faculty worked with Emory’s COP 23 delegation to bring CCTA stories to life on campus.

Read more here.

climate change theater

November 6, 2017

President Sterk delivers remarks at Dean's reception at 2017 APHA meeting

On November 6, Emory University President Claire Sterk highlighted Climate@Emory and Emory's sustainability leadership at the annual Rollins School of Public Health's Dean's Reception during the American Public Health Association meeting.

Sterk at APHA

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.

AMWHO 2017


June 19, 2017

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

Karen Levy

June 5, 2017

Emory Students Attend National Climate Leadership Summit

Emory University students Cassidy Schwartz (‘18C) and Angela Jiang (‘19C) represented Emory at the June 2017 National Climate Leadership Summit (NCLS) in Washington DC. The conference spanned three days and brought together more than 100 student leaders from across the country. At the third annual summit of its kind, students had the opportunity to network, discuss campus sustainability, and hear speakers from SmartPower, Second Nature, The Wilderness Society, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more about the summit here.

Angela Jiang and other Georgia Students

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!

Symposium Poster

March 23, 2017

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.

Emily Li

March 16, 2017

Fourth National Climate Assessment Meeting

Rollins Environmental Health Department and Climate@Emory hosted the Atlanta "spoke" of a multi-site workshop on the Southeast Chapter of the fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).  Colleagues from CDC, Georgia Tech, UGA, and Emory convened to learn about the NCA4 process and to provide feedback and ideas for the authors.  The group discussed climate science in Georgia, adaption, and dissemination and communication. NCA4 is anticipated to be released in late 2018.

climate assessment meeting

March 14 - 17, 2017

2nd Annual Climate Week

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. 

Solar for All event

Solar for All event

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. 

Atlanta Resilience

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 Morocco

For 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.

More information, including bios of the delegates, available here.

Emory students at COP22

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.

October Town Hall

Georgia Tech Emory

October 12, 2016

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.   

US China Cooperation


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

Power Dialog

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 Luber

Director 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 Climate Organization (ECO) puts together Climate Week Events

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

Kathryn Conlon

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

What's the Deal with the Climate Deal?

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

Dr. Atieno Mboya Samandari

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

Dr. Robert Agnew's research links climate change to an increase in crime

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

Dr. Christian Schoof

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

Bob Inglis

Executive Director,

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

February 25, 2016

Film Screening, "Merchants of Doubt"


February 25, 2016

Avi Garbow

General Counsel, U.S. EPA

Talk title: "A Conversation with the U.S. EPA's General Counsel"


February 24, 2016

Dr. Susan Solomon

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

 Feb 24-26 events overview

February 11, 2016

Dr. Daniel Rothman

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

Dr. David Archer

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

Emory Delegation attended UN Climate Conference in Paris

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.

climate conference

December 3, 2015

Dr. June Spector

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

Provost announces new support for Climate@Emory initiative

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

Emory Master's of Development Practise (MDP) students organize 2015 Atlanta Climate March

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

Emory Delegation Headed to U.N. Climate Talks

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

United Nations Climate Simulation

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

Humanitarian Stakes in Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation

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:

October 2015

Dr. Yang Gao

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.

Emory physical chemist, Dr. Lian, researches light-driven charge transfer for solar energy conversion.

June 29, 2015

Dr. Burton's research helps solve the mystery of glacial earthquakes

Justin Burton's work, published in Science, details research providing an explaination for how iceberg calving during glacial melting causes glacial earthquakes. See here for more information.

burton glacier

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. 

atl traffic

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:

Funding for the event was generously provided by the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Laney Graduate School and Goizueta Business School.

Day of Scholarship 2015

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

Profile of Climate@Emory

Read about Climate@Emory in the Emory Report for a spotlight on student research, a description of group initiatives, as well as an overview of a few of C@E's many research activities.


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”

Winter 2014

Dr. Saikawa: bridging disciplines and bringing together experts to study the environment

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

Emory accredited as official observer to UN climate talks

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

New Study: climate change affects spread of infectious diseases in China

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.


October 2014

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

Polar ice and climate change

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

remais 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.


March 2014

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!


February 2014

Ice storm and disaster response

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.


October 2013

Climate change, agriculture and food security

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

Examining the global seasonality of norovirus

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

Health and climate benefits of biogas sanitation

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.


Summer 2011

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.


More Than a Third of Heat Deaths are Tied to Climate Change, Study Says

NYT | May 31, 2021

GDEH faculty member, Dr. Noah Scovronick, was co-author on a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change, "The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change."
This international study coordinated by the University of Bern and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increasing mortality risks due to heat: between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to global warming. The study, the largest of this kind, used data from 732 cities in 43 countries around the world.

In Georgia, Buffeted by Hurricanes and Drought, Climate Change Is on the Ballot

Inside Climate News | December 9, 2020

As part of their "All Eyes on Georgia" series, Inside Climate News reached out to the Georgia Climate Project for a summary of climate impacts in Georgia. The article includes a range of perspectives across the state, highlighting the impacts of climate change on heat, the coast, hurricanes, ecosystems, and precipitation. 

Medical Residents Learn to Treat the Growing Health Hazards of Climate Change

NPR | October 12, 2020

There is a rising effort to make sure climate change is part of the curriculum in hospital residency programs across the country. Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn is apart of publishing a framework that hospitals can use as a starting point.

"At its heart, this is about preparing our resident physicians to provide the best care for patients and to safeguard health in our changing climate," says Philipsborn. "Patients want physicians to be able to provide guidance on things that affect their individual health. We have this accumulating body of evidence that climate change does just that. It changes what we see and it poses harms to our patients."

Doctors Push For Health Care To Address Climate Change In New Teaching Framework

WBUR | September 21, 2020

A group of doctors, including Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn of Emory University School of Medicine, created a new education framework to teach medical residents how to address climate change with their patients. The framework is broken down into three parts: “What are the harms to health from climate change? How does climate change require adaptations in our clinical practice? And how does climate change disrupt health care delivery?” Philipsborn says.

"Climate change is impacting nearly every organ in our bodies", she says, "and hurts how professionals deliver quality health care to patients."

Opinion: Getting Smart on Solar is a Plus for Communities

AJC | July 30, 2018

Op-ed by Caroline Reiser, Fellow and Mindy Goldstein, Director, Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School. 

"We’re started down the right path in Georgia. But to make sure we don’t get misdirected, clear land use standards and good information about solar development are necessary. The Georgia Model Solar Zoning Ordinance we just published paves the way."

Closer Look: Local Researchers Address State Climate Issues

WABE | June 1, 2018

Emory's Daniel Rochberg joined UGA's Marshall Shepherd and Ga. Tech's Marilyn Brown on WABE's "Closer Look with Rose Scott" to discuss the Georgia Climate Project and the recently released Georgia Climate Research Roadmap.  (segment begins at 27:32)

Road Map lists Georgia Climate Questions

Savannah Morning News | June 1, 2018

"By bringing these questions together in one place, we are trying to make it easier to identify high-impact research opportunities that will benefit decision-makers,” said Emory University’s Daniel Rochberg, a co-author of the paper. “The group that came together to produce the Roadmap is a great indicator of the expertise we have across the state on these issues.” 

Georgia Group Lays Out Climate Change Questions

WABE | May 24, 2018 

A climate change project focused on Georgia has released its first major initiative: A list of questions on how climate change will affect the state and its people, and how to respond and adapt. The Georgia Climate Project’s 40-question list covers water, energy, agriculture, public health and infrastructure, among others.  “It’s really 40 different ways of asking two things,” said Daniel Rochberg, chief strategy officer of Emory’s Climate at Emory initiative, and one of the leads on the project.  “Number one is, what does climate change mean for us here in Georgia? And number two, what do we do about it?”

Opinion: Feds should make Ga. Power put more skin in game on Vogtle

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | April 26, 2018

Mindy Goldstein, clinical professor of law and director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, and Jesse Sutz, a third-year student at Emory Law, co-wrote an op-ed on the funding of Georgia’s Plant Vogtle.

2018 best 40 under 40 professors: Wesley Longhofer, Emory University (Goizueta)

Poets and Quants | April 23, 2018

Emory University Goizueta Business School professor Wesley Longhofer is named one of Poets and Quants' 40 under 40 professors. In his interview, Professor Longhofer shares that he knew he wanted to be a business school professor when he "realized that business schools can be a catalyst for change. As professional schools, business schools have the obligation to ensure business leaders do more good and less harm."

Have Clean Air Rules Helped People's Health? Atlanta Study Says Yes

WABE FM | April 19, 2018

As power plants and cars have gotten cleaner, air quality in Atlanta has improved according to a new study by Emory and Georgia Tech researchers. Dr. Paige Tolbert, Chair of Environmental Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and study co-author, discusses the health benefits of regulations aimed at making power plants and vehicles pollute less, particularly on reduction of health care visits for asthma.

Antarctica's ice retreating 5 times faster than normal study reveals

Atlanta Journal Constitution | April 13, 2018

Dr. Justin Burton, assistant professor at Emory University's Department of Physics told the AJC that scientists focus a lot of attention on melting ice in Antarctica because it can have a major impact on rising sea levels. If all of Antarctica's ice were to melt, this would raise sea levels by 200 feet.

Weather Gone Viral: "Saving the Planet"

The Weather Channel | December 3, 2017

Daniel Rochberg joined UGA's Marshall Shepherd, Penn State's Michael Mann, Project Drawdown's Katharine Wilkinson and others in discussing a series of environmental innovations in the "Saving the Planet" episode of The Weather Channel's Weather Gone Viral.

Some state-level policies really do curb energy sector emissions

arsTechnica | November 13, 2017

A profile of Geoff Martin and Eri Saikawa's paper in Nature Climate Change: "In an assessment of 17 climate and energy policies enacted by US states between 1990 and 2014, researchers from Emory University found that mandatory policies usually had a positive effect on emissions reduction while voluntary policies always had negligible or no effect." 

Special Issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship Confronts Climate Change and Health

Emory News | November 9, 2017

School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship on climate change.

Mandatory state policies work best to curb power plant emissions, study finds

eScienceCommons | November 7, 2017

Research paper from Eri Saikawa and alum Geoff Martin is highlighted, as well as Emory's delegation to the 2017 UN Climate Conference. 

Federal scientists: Climate change is happening, largely due to humans

WABE-FM | November 3, 2017

WABE interviewed Daniel Rochberg about the new national climate assessment during a segment of All Things Considered.

Climate Change Will Always Hurt Poor People the Most

Gizmodo | October 11, 2017

Melanie Pearson, Stefanie Sarnat, and Daniel Rochberg, along with several other experts from the greater Atlanta region, weigh in on climate equity concerns.

Responding to Climate Change

Rollins Emory Public Health Magazine | Fall 2017

A detailed profile of work being done at the Rollins School of Public Health on the health effects of climate change.

After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms

AJC | September 15, 2017

Daniel Rochberg discusses the Georgia Climate Project and the Georgia Climate Research Roadmap.

Gov. Deal Addresses Irma’s Aftermath

GPB’s Political Rewind | September 13, 2017

Daniel Rochberg joined the Political Rewind panel for a discussion of climate change in Georgia (beginning ~12:20).

Harvey and Irma weren’t just killer storms — they were policy arguments

AJC | September 13, 2017

Column by Jim Galloway quotes Daniel Rochberg on the role of the Georgia Climate Project in advancing climate discussions in the state.

Fighting Climate Change in a Red State

Gizmodo | September 8, 2017

Stefanie Sarnat, Daniel Rochberg, and colleagues from partner institutions on the Georgia Climate Project and related efforts speak on the climate policy in Georgia.

Disease Can Lurk in Floodwaters

The Weather Channel | August 31, 2017

Karen Levy discusses diseases associated with floodwater.

Public Health Dangers Loom in Harvey-Hit Areas

AP (picked up by NYTimes, U.S. News, others) | August 28, 2017

Karen Levy weighs in on infectious diseases in hurricane-hit areas.

Longhofer examines business, climate change

Emory Business | August 27, 2017

Wes Longhofer and collaborators examine the “rebound effect” of energy efficiency.

AAAS Leshner fellow aligns science with public service

Science Mag | June 30, 2017

Karen Levy looks to maximize the impact of scientists’ research as a Leshner Leadership Institute fellow.