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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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    Is it time for a “meat tax”? OMNR student makes a case for sustainable steak. , article

    The amount of meat consumed around the world today is unsustainable for the health of our planet and its people. Yet it seems incredibly hard to change people’s habits. Jessica Naimy, an Online MNR student explores an idea of “a meat tax,” as a possible solution to reducing global meat consumption.

    Date: Jan 12, 2021
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    Coastal cities, like Virginia Beach, are prioritizing resilience planning to address the threat of sea level rise.
    XMNR students and alumni put the concept of climate resilience into practice , article

    “‘Resilience’ has become a recurring theme, not only in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in the way that we tackle climate change and sustainable development,” points out recent XMNR alum Garrett Davidson in his post about Resilient Virginia, a non-profit working on accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the state.

    Date: Jan 05, 2021
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    Climate resilience of island nations and coastal cities: Cuba, Iceland, Amsterdam, Venice
    Climate resilience of island nations and coastal cities: Cuba, Iceland, Amsterdam, Venice , article

    If your dreams of island getaways or beach vacations immediately bring up concerns about rising sea levels and sinking cities, you are not alone! Different countries around the world are developing adaptation approaches to survive and thrive in the Anthropocene, and we have designed Global Study experiences for our sustainability students to explore some of these approaches first-hand in locations as geographically, economically, and culturally diverse as Iceland, Cuba, Venice, and Amsterdam.

    Date: Dec 15, 2020
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    What can we do about global plastic pollution? , article

    Plastic pollution is a new hot issue in global sustainability, and the debate is quickly moving from the sphere of science into international trade and politics. The ecologist and Online MNR faculty member Dr. Michelle Hilleary shares highlights from her study of the environmental and economic effects of growing plastic waste recently published by the journal “Science.”

    Date: Nov 05, 2020
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    Virginia Beach, VA. Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, United States. Wikimedia Commons
    Virginia Beach: bracing for local impact of global climate change , article

    “Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its effects reflect local and regional conditions. Developing and selecting adaptation strategies that reflect geographic idiosyncrasies, as well as the needs and values of multiple stakeholders, isn’t always easy,” writes Jennie Hoffman, marine ecologist and one of the newest XMNR faculty members.

    Date: Oct 13, 2020
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    Land reclamation in Egypt; Photo: Michael Mortimer
    The time for Environmental Security is now , article

    Global pandemics, severe storms, raging wildfires and chronic droughts, earthquakes, floods, melting glaciers—all are examples of environmental events affecting the security of humans—in other words, facets of Environmental Security. Dr. Erwin Villger, who recently joined CLiGS as a Fellow in Environmental Security, offers an insightful introduction to this emerging discipline and its key role in sustainable development.

    Date: Aug 13, 2020
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    In Fact, Do Not Spill the Wine. Or the Water. Environmental Security in Mendoza, Argentina , article

    Given the vital role of water in human survival, it’s astonishing how inefficient and careless people around the world continue to be with this essential resource. Center Director Dr. Michael Mortimer examines the case of Mendoza province in Argentina, world-famous for its Malbecs, and also mostly desert. For sustainability professionals, Mendoza offers a fascinating case study in environmental security threats and opportunities.

    Date: Apr 03, 2020
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    The fenced border crossing to the Moroccan city of Ceuta. Photo: Michael Mortimer
    Sovereignty vs. Sanctuary: Perils of Climate Migration , article

    The story of seeking a better life in another place is not new. Today we see it all across the world, as people are leaving the countryside for the cities in search of jobs, opportunity, sanctuary, and security. But it seems that the journey to a better life is most often littered with national borders, fences, and other obstacles. In this post, Center Director Dr. Michael Mortimer discusses the impact of climate change on global migration.

    Date: Mar 05, 2020

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