The most signiﬁcant climate change related hazards affecting Tokelau are its severe weather systems - heavy rains, drought, storm surges, king tides, etc. Although historical data shows that between 1970-2015 only five tropical cyclones passed within 278 km of Tokelau, the risks are not completely eliminated particularly in an El Niño event. Earlier this year, at the 2017 Ocean Conference in New York, Tokelau officially launched its climate change strategy titled Living with Change (LivC). On 31st August, Tokelau officials visited the UN agencies in Samoa where they discussed and explained in greater detail the LivC strategy and its implementation plan. http://bit.ly/2gWQ2Bz #tokelau#samoa#climatechange#livingwithchange#cyclones#elniño#decarbonise#decarbonizing#decarbonization#earthsystemscience#climatology 📷C.L.Anderson
Energy wonks have a meltdown over the US going 100 percent renewable. Why? You may agree the U.S. should move to renewables, but how quickly can we do it and how? Duke Energy/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin Science is messy, but it doesn’t have to be dirty. #decarbonization#energy technology #hydropower#renewable energy #solar Power #us energy policy #wind https://spaceedge.com/2017/07/21/energy-wonks-meltdown-us-going-100-percent-renewable/
Erin Matson (GEP '18) is our next #gepsummerspotlight Check it out! I've been attending the 11th Baku Summer Energy School here in Azerbaijan for the last 2 weeks, taking a deep dive into the geopolitics, economics and logistics of the #oilandgas industry. I've been surprised to find a variety of viewpoints presented by energy scholars and practitioners from all over the world. Though the future of the planet has to be in #decarbonization and #renewableenergy , #fossilfuels are locked in for decades -- as an #environmentalist I need to be knowledgeable about this global industry, and I definitely feel more prepared after this program! . . . Pictures: At ADA University with my fellow participant Hanafi from PETRONAS; exploring a mud volcano, which is powered by natural methane emissions; posing with the first industrially-drilled oil well in the world, constructed in 1848, 11 years before Pennsylvania's; petroglyphs at the Gobustan UNESCO World Heritage Site.