Want to read what we think about the accord? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our responses! In December 2015, representatives from almost 200 UN countries met in Paris for COP21 to discuss climate and the future of our planet. The group deliberated for almost 2 weeks before finally drafting an accord … Continue reading
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This is a guest post by Elyse Dankoski, a neurobiologist at the University of North Carolina. She recently spent 3 months in southeast Madagascar volunteering with Azafady’s Conservation Programme. This fall, I lived in a small community on the southeast coast of Madagascar called Sainte Luce. Sainte Luce is remote even by Madagascar’s standards, and … Continue reading
Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean
By now you’ve probably seen one of the many articles we have posted about plastics, recycling, and the garbage problem that plagues the world’s oceans (if not, check them out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Ocean pollution is obviously an issue that we here are UNdertheC are concerned about. Luckily, we aren’t the … Continue reading
On the Cusp of the 2016 Election: Why Is Politics Avoiding Science?
This week, we have a special guest post from Joey Murphy, a former UNC undergraduate and current Research Assistant at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, on why science issues never seem to come up during U.S elections. Why you gotta be like that, politics? See his post to learn why we should … Continue reading
To whom does the fault belong?
As I assume many of you are aware, last week was a big week for those in the environmental sciences. And by that, I mean, something in our ‘field’ was front page news. I’m sure you all have heard it by now: “2014 is the hottest year on record“. Which is big news, but there … Continue reading
While You Were Voting
If you’re an American who follows the news, you know that it’s been all midterm elections, all the time over the past few days. And that’s great: this was a major election and it’s encouraging to see citizens taking an interest. But in the midst of the election blitz, a new report on climate change … Continue reading
Reefs at risk- How temperature, policy, and energy needs are harming the Great Barrier Reef
One of the biggest environmental questions facing our society today is this: Is our reliance on fossil fuels leading to the destruction of natural beauty (and natural resources). If you are a reader of The New York Times, then perhaps you have already seen this amazing piece. It’s a killer piece of long-form written to discuss … Continue reading
Public enemy #1: The climate?
(Full disclosure, I am partially funded for my graduate studies through the Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship. This article (and this blog) are not endorsed by anyone, including the DoD. The thoughts and opinions below are my own or properly credited to the appropriate source. Reading on, and reading the linked Climate Roadmap may also help … Continue reading
New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds
As a scientist studying issues related to climate change, I have had my share of futile conversation, arguments, and debates with climate deniers. It happens, perhaps too frequently. I recently had one of these conversations with a well-educated, young engineer during a cross-country flight. Said engineer was not so sure that the human impact on … Continue reading
Gotta Catch ‘Em All? The ethics of specimen collection for scientific research
As a coral biologist/physiologist, the ethics of specimen collection for scientific research has been on my mind since day one. We do a lot of destructive sampling in this field. In order to make physiological measurements on a coral, the organism most often be sacrificed. I have seen many a freezer full of collected coral … Continue reading