Waste not Want not?: China’s Waste Ban and Global Consumption

Know that feeling when you are out, just finish a drink and are about to throw it away when you realize there are no recycling bins around? Okay, maybe a trashcan will do—can’t find that either? And then you spend the hour carrying around your trash? Well this is sort of the predicament Western countries … More Waste not Want not?: China’s Waste Ban and Global Consumption

Fantastic Plastics – Revisiting Waste

Fantastic plastic? Not anymore! The miraculous material of the 1940s is now haunting consumers and retailers. Morbid photos of deceased marine life with stomachs exploding with plastic bags, bottles, and cups flood our newsfeeds. David Attenborough elegantly shames us while showing how rubbish from Oklahoma ends up strangling a tortoise in a distant sea. Humanity’s … More Fantastic Plastics – Revisiting Waste

A Picture’s Worth: Climate Change Photos Should not Alienate

Last week, National Geographic announced that its April issue will be devoted to the topic of race. The magazine recently conducted an audit of sorts, looking through its previous decades of literature to assess its coverage of race. This post will look at some of the key findings from the audit and how these themes … More A Picture’s Worth: Climate Change Photos Should not Alienate

New Tech Era: Enhancing Consumer Experiences

From our clothes, to our health, to our daily behaviors—our lives will be increasingly intertwined with technology in the coming years, as products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) illustrated. As someone who relies on technology (a wireless insulin pump) for health, I often wonder how these tech ideas actually serve a greater good, … More New Tech Era: Enhancing Consumer Experiences

Road Blocks in Traffic Overhaul

Cities around the world are experiencing a new, rapidly growing epidemic—a traffic epidemic. My hometown, Dallas, Texas, has had increased traffic pressures due to its expanding population and business growth. These problems and attitudes towards traffic are similar to those in China’s large cities. Solutions are created to address traffic problems, but they do not … More Road Blocks in Traffic Overhaul

City Slickers to Country Bumpkins: Urban-rural Migration in China

Divisive political campaigns across the Western world in 2016 illustrated the split between “cosmopolitan” and “rural” citizens. Previous posts have addressed this urban rural divide regarding perceptions of environmental problems. This post examines how the environmental perceptions of rural and urban areas drive movement of people in China in a new direction–urban to rural migration. Chinese … More City Slickers to Country Bumpkins: Urban-rural Migration in China

Trump is not the Center of the Environmental Movement Universe

This week, a temporary New York Times graphic showed that at least 40 Senate Democrats warned President Trump against withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. One of the reasons cited was that withdrawal would “cede climate leadership to China.” Another New York Times article is titled “Trump hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership.” Previous blog posts … More Trump is not the Center of the Environmental Movement Universe

China’s Bright and Overcast Renewable Energy Forecast

News outlets over the past year have reported heavily on China’s growing renewable energy investments, particularly in solar power. This news, in a global arena where governments have reignited climate skepticism movements, seems very positive. However, a recent article by China Dialogue, showed that solar PV projects may not always benefit local residents. Renewable energy farms … More China’s Bright and Overcast Renewable Energy Forecast

Climate Change Discourse Relatability Challenge

The past month has seen both inspiring and terrifying environmental news around the world. China’s ivory ban further bolstered the nation’s environmental leadership status, while President Trump’s silencing of environmental bureaus has angered many–scientists, civil servants, and everyday citizens. A common theme of these issues is the problem of relatability of climate change to everyday life … More Climate Change Discourse Relatability Challenge

Climate Science Fiction vs. Fact

A New Yorker satirical article published last year titled “Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-resistant Humans” has proven correct in 2016 elections across the globe. Citizens and politicians have been shocked by the emergence of a “Post-factual era” where emotions trump facts (pun sadly intended). For environmental issues, this attitude contributed to the mindsets … More Climate Science Fiction vs. Fact