November 22, 2017

About a month ago I made a relatively spontaneous decision to apply for a program allowing doctoral students at the University of Reading to participate remotely at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ‘Conference Of the Parties’, known as...

November 15, 2017

Every tree can store carbon, from the measliest birch to the mightiest redwood. Trees gorge on the pollutants Carbon dioxide and Carbon monoxide through photosynthesis. They distribute their carb rich diet into their leaves, roots, branches and trunks. Long-lived trees...

November 14, 2017

Events like COP are undoubtedly key in the global fight to tackle climate change. Bringing states together to ask the important questions about how best to tackle emissions and other issues surrounding the changing climate is paramount to the success of climate change...

Last week, we were fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Celia Petty, one of the co-founders of the NGO Evidence for Development (EfD). Celia has a strong research background, and has published work on famine & food security, the impacts of conflict on children...

November 11, 2017

COP is so much more than just the official negotiations and this became most apparent to me on Thursday when I got caught up in a number of different demonstration events! These events happened over in the Bonn Zone, which has become increasingly vibrant and lively as...

November 10, 2017

Thursday was my second event-heavy day at COP23. In the morning, I attended one of the actual negotiating sessions as an observer. The session in question was a meeting of SBSTA (Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice) to discuss systematic observation...

November 9, 2017

 What contributions are required of different countries in order to mitigate climate change? How are nationally determined contributions (NDCs) actually determined? These questions were addressed in one of Tuesday’s last COP23 side events: ‘The Paris Agreement & Global...

November 9, 2017

COP23 is based on the principles of “one conference, two zones”, this means that there are two distinctively different areas of the conference. The Bonn Zone is where we have our Walker Institute stand and most of the side events are being held. This is to highlight th...

Climate change affects everyone. In fact, the worst effects are far removed from those in the corridors of power, and many profound discussions occur between individuals and organizations at all levels across the globe. The huge variety of individuals and organizations...

November 8, 2017

Day two of COP23 was all about attending side events and making connections for possible Climate Action Studio interviews with the team back in Reading, UK, later in the week. I attended three very interesting events covering a range of topics across the day.

The mornin...

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