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    Anne Usher examining tide pools
    Mapping ocean plastic: OMNR student Anne Usher partners with nonprofit to stem flow , article

    Online MNR Student Anne Usher recently served as an advisor to OpenOceans Global, a marine nonprofit organization devoted to modeling the flow of plastic into the ocean. Anne credits the graduate program with giving her a much stronger understanding of the science of climate change and coastal and marine environments.

    Date: Jul 20, 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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    school of fish
    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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    Jenny Reitz at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)
    OMNR alumna Jenny Reitz applies systems thinking to water quality. , article

    “Really, what I got out of the program the most was the systemic approach to the environment—that, ultimately, everything is connected,” says Jenny Reitz. “If we want to provide clean drinking water for future generations, it’s not so much of an issue here on the East Coast where we have plenty of water—maybe sometimes even too much—but in places out West where we’re having shortages. It helped me understand that the types of research we’re doing could really have an impact nationwide.”

    Date: Mar 23, 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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    Photo of plastic pollution on a bean in Ghana
    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