The Paris Agreement: Why it is a Mistake for the US to Withdraw

Written by: Samuel Brown Since the start of President Trump’s term, administration officials have repeatedly signaled the administration’s intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement. This agreement is a landmark deal that was reached at the conclusion of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Paris, France. This is…

The Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War? Climate Action.

Written by: Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline the past few months. Considering the U.S. and China are the world’s two biggest economies, it makes sense too, for the tariffs they impose on each other have ramifications across the globe. However, there is one unmentioned victim of the trade…

Hurricane Dorian: Catastrophe for the Bahamas

Written by: Chandrea Baster Hurricane Dorian has been the focus of weather news this past month, a natural disaster which left extensive damage and caused many deaths as it rolled through the Bahamas and the United States. Hurricane Dorian first formed on August 24th, 2019 and became a Category Five storm on September 1, with…

Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa, UN Notes “Alarm Bell” for Climate Change

Written by: Tom Quinn On March 15, Cyclone Idai slammed the Southeast African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving approximately 1.85 million people in need of assistance. The African coastline — where a majority of the continent’s population resides — has only just begun to recuperate from the 100mph winds which destroyed tens of…

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for Climate Change

Written by: Wilson Horn It came as a shock to the world when in the summer of 2017, President Trump announced the United States’ plan to withdraw from the United Nations’ Paris Accords. This agreement hoped to mitigate the effects of climate change by binding the world’s greatest economic powers — and polluters — to…

Paper or Plastic?

Written by: Matthew Quraishi-Landes On April 20, 2018, two days before Earth Day, countries convened in New York to explore possible solutions to this year’s Earth Day theme: “Kicking the Plastic Bag Addiction: A Plan for Response to Plastic Pollution”. Among nations present were France, Mexico, Rwanda, Morocco, and other European Union nations who presented…

Water Wars: How Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

Written by: Jasmine Owens Although water makes up 70% of the Earth, only 3% of this water is freshwater. Of this 3%, about two-thirds is trapped in glaciers and is therefore unusable. This leaves about 1% of the world’s water supply to support a population of 7.7 billion people and counting, much of which is…

A New Era for South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa’s Moderate Position On Land Reform

Written by: Caitlin Attaway In February, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to fill the vacant South African presidency after Jacob Zuma was forced to resign by the African National Congress (ANC) amid claims of corruption. President Ramaphosa has been as longtime ANC member, first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1994 (the first democratic elections…