Environment & Climate Change

Jared Forman

Environment and Climate Change Research Coordinator (2019-2020).

Twelve years.

Twelve years is precisely how long last year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ground-breaking report said we have to limit global warming to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels and prevent the catastrophic, potentially world ending, destruction that further warming would cause.

Yet, twelve years in the future is not where we should be focusing our attention. Climate change is here and it is already producing damage and destruction throughout the world on a scale never before seen. Record breaking wildfires in North America. Unprecedented flooding in Asia.

Extreme losses in biodiversity. Mass extinctions. Never before seen migration flows. Rising inequality between rich and poor, north and south, west and east. Climate change has been and will continue to adversely affect every facet of the human experience.

Climate change is THE defining issue of our generation. The stakes are as high as they can possibly be and the time to act is rapidly passing us by. Inspiring young leaders such as Greta Thunberg, Jamie Margolin, and Xiye Bastida are choosing to take up the mantle of leadership on this matter in the absence of concerted efforts in the upper echelons of our national governments and international institutions.

Now, Sciences Po and the HDRI must join this global movement to
steer the conversation, give climate change the attention and rigorous review it deserve, and push our global leaders to take immediate action.

Our planet depends on it.

Publications

The New Energy Paradigm: Advancing Distributed Energy Solutions

 Various projections indicate that current priorities and plans will leave half of today’s unelectrified population still in the dark in 2030 and hinder climate change goals. Development with the backdrop of climate change creates the need for a viable infrastructure for the generation and distribution of energy, particularly in developing countries.

By: Divyangi Singh

Published on December 30, 2019

The New Energy Paradigm: Advancing Distributed Energy Solutions

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A Tale of Two Continents: Monsanto and Bayer

Large transnational corporations like Bayer in Europe are using Monsanto’s American legacy, with other mega-mergers, to radically reshaping the international agri-food industry. The agri-food industry is now seriously raising awareness, due to its wrongdoings in environmental terms, labour malpractices, competition, health, and nutrition.

By: Gaëtan Du Peloux

Published on: February 3, 2020

A Tale of Two Continents: Monsanto and Bayer

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Panama: The Imperiled Link in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor is a geographic and political project that plays a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the western hemisphere. In Panama, this corridor is increasingly threatened due to the country’s growing population and expansion into previously undisturbed environments. Government policy has not done enough to conserve Panama’s forests; instead, the strongest actors ensuring that Panama maintains its biodiversity while still promoting socio-economic growth are civil society groups.

By: Samuel Boehms

Published on: February 23,2020

Panama: The Imperiled Link in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

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Addresing Climate Change in Vietnam: Policies and Actors

Academic studies are clear about the impacts of climate change in Vietnam. This paper attempts to act as a non-exhaustive summary of the main policies and actors in Vietnam that are currently involved in addressing its effects. First, it looks at the current policy documents that outline the government’s stance and action regarding climate change. Second, it considers the different challenges and opportunities that public, private and foreign actors operating in this field are currently confronted with.

By: Bui Phan Quang Anh

Published on: April 5, 2020

Addresing Climate Change in Vietnam: Policies and Actors