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    Saving the American French fry: climate change impacts on agriculture
    Saving the American French fry: climate change impacts on agriculture , article

    Online MNR student Brett Hundley examines climate adaptation strategies for potatoes grown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest as part of his program coursework.

    Date: Jul 06, 2021
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    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth
    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth , article

    “Our sense of homeland security transcends borders and boundaries, and we must recognize that the only true common ground we share is our planet,” Online MNR student Renee ODonnell writes in a blog post that warns against climate complacency and explores the new cross-disciplinary field of environmental security.

    Date: Jun 22, 2021
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    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris, right, listen as President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP
    Message received: the Biden administration is bringing sweeping revisions to the U.S. environmental policy , article

    From rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement to issuing a number of climate-related executive orders, the Biden administration signals serious commitment to addressing the most pressing global challenge of our time—climate change. CLiGS faculty and Environmental Security Fellow Dr. Erwin Villiger offers nuanced insights into the federal initiatives.

    Date: Jun 08, 2021
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    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides
    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides , article

    A telecommunications industry veteran and XMNR alum Jeff Merritt is on a mission to help one of the largest telecom providers in the country to not only become a more sustainable company but to ensure that it can adapt to and continue to thrive despite operational challenges caused by climate change.

    Date: Jun 01, 2021
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    Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa; Photo by Dr. Michael Mortimer*
    Climate change solutions from the other side of the world: Neil Dampier to lead a Global Study to South Africa , article

    CLiGS faculty and OMNR alum Neil Dampier grew up in apartheid-era South Africa. Now, he is teaching OMNR students about the connection between social inequality and natural resources disparity through the “Global Issues in Natural Resources” course, which includes a 10-Day Global Study in South Africa.

    Date: May 18, 2021
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    Depolarizing climate action , article

    “Believe it or not, passionate concern for the climate may be holding back progress on the crucial environmental issue of our time,” says Dr. Bruce Hull. To be sure, similar to religion and equal rights, climate change—and what to do about it—is one of the most contentious topics in the public discourse. In this article, Dr. Hull offers collaboration strategies that transcend entrenched beliefs and allow a path forward.

    Date: Apr 20, 2021
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    The migraine of migration: the tiny island-nation of Kiribati struggles for survival , article

    To Pacific Islanders, being called “climate refugees” equals “second-class” citizens. Yet, for many, their homeland is sinking into the ocean. The writer and recent Executive MNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang talks about the impacts of climate change on this small island nation and strategies for finding practical solutions in the face of enormous challenges.

    Date: Apr 13, 2021
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    Stefano Boeri Architetti's Forest City
    Vertical Forest City: China’s sustainable urban development , article

    Historically seen as one of the world’s worst polluters, China is emerging as an environmental leader, with a long-term vision and political will to carry it out. Author and recent XMNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang uses the example of Italian-designed Vertical Forest City in the southwestern city of Liuzhou, as a vivid illustration of that commitment.

    Date: Mar 09, 2021
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    Calculated risks: XMNR alumna Patricia Loria on changing careers from insurance to CO2 capture
    Calculated risks: XMNR alumna Patricia Loria on changing careers from insurance to CO2 capture , article

    Patricia Loria had a successful career in the corporate insurance industry and an MBA, but as she considered making a pivot into sustainability, she needed new and different skills. Her experience in the XMNR program equipped her with the capabilities she needed to feel confident entering a new field and to secure a position at an environmental think tank.

    Date: Mar 02, 2021
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    Leading climate adaptation in rural America , article

    Rural economies and environments are being eroded by climate change, but many communities lack the political will and resources to respond. Dr. Bruce Hull shares the work of several sustainability professionals who are leading climate adaptation efforts in rural communities across the country.

    Date: Jan 19, 2021

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