Annie Lowery has a new article in The Atlantic, “All That Performative Environmentalism Adds Up,” in which she considers the ways in which actions by individuals and households can play important roles in promoting effective policy actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What communities do, laws reflect—this is another reason to act on climate change, and urgently. “We’re part of a society, where people interact with companies, companies interact with the government, and people interact with the government.
My book, Beyond Politics was included in
a list of the top environmental books of the last 50 years in a
by Oliver A. Houck and G Tracy Mehan in Environmental Forum, published by
the Environmental Law Institute.
I was quoted in a story at the Tennessean about the unusually warm and wet winter in 2018–19:
“Winters have gotten so warm in the last 20 or so years that people forget.
Weather that wouldn't have been remarkably cold 30 or 40 years ago seems
extraordinarily cold today.”
I was interviewed by the Dhaka Tribune on the impact of sea-level rise in
Bangladesh. I explained that with good land-management, sediment carried to
the coast by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers can raising the land
as fast as the sea is rising for the near-future, but that eventually
global warming may cause the sea level to rise faster than the land can
Michael Vandenbergh and I participated in a webinar hosted by the
Environmental Law Institute on our book,
Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change.
Cassie Phillips (director of the Private Environmental Governance
Initiative at ELI) moderated.
Stephen Harper (Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy at
Intel) and Jackie Roberts (Chief Sustainability Officer at the Carlisle
Group) provided private industry perspectives.
The Financial Express (Bangladesh) reported on the meeting between Prof. Steve Goodbred and myself, from Vanderbilt University, and the Dr. Md. Aktaruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University. During the meeting, we discussed academic and research collaborations between Dhaka University and Vanderbilt on climate change, riverbank erosion, access to safe drinking water, and other environmental challenges.
The Daily Samakal (Bangladesh) reported on a workshop I helped to organize
in Dhaka on
“River Navigation and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh: Economic Importance and
Impacts of Environmental Change”.
Participants included academics, government officials, representatives of the
shipping industry, and members of community and political activist groups.
Urban water conservation policies are reflecting the nation’s political polarization, with a new report demonstrating that a city’s water ordinances can be as much related to whether it leans left or right as to whether the climate is wet or dry.
Vanderbilt University environmental researchers found Los Angeles ranks No. 1 for number and strength of policies, followed by six other left-leaning California cities along with Austin, Texas. It takes until San Antonio, Texas, at No.