The Consequences of Amazon Deforestation for Indigenous Peoples

By Lauren Hutson According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the Amazon Rainforest lost 3,769 square miles of rainforest due to deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019. This marks the highest rate of deforestation since 2008 and is a 30% increase from the previous year. An intense surge of fires has raged during…

The Paris Agreement: Why US Withdrawal is a Mistake

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. The goal of…

Trump’s ‘America Last’ Policies

By William Keenan ‘America First’ is the mantra that Donald Trump rode to election in 2016. This anti-interventionist and nationalist position advocated for greater promotion of and focus on U.S. businesses and citizens and a reduced role for the United States on the world stage. This position has been advocated for by others in the…

Battle of the Biofuels: Big Corn vs Big Oil

By: Kelli Liegel Big Oil and Big Corn cannot seem to compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the subsequent export-subsidies on RINs (Renewable Identification Number) that the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed. The corn industry claims that Mr. Pruitt’s adverse export-subsidy proposals will drive corn prices down and crush farmers…

Paper or Plastic?

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 possible strategies…

Water Wars: How Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

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 increasingly…

German Government Moves To Reduce Pollution, But Is It Enough?

By: Emily Janicik As the global economy continues to industrialize, pollution continues to increase as a result. Many governments have felt pressure to counteract this, particularly in regards to air pollution, with some enacting stricter environmental regulations. In Europe, the European Union has taken steps limit the amount of air pollution by putting caps on…

World Leaders will go forth with COP22 Agreement with or without Trump support

By: Jasmine Owens Last November, the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) took place in Marrakech. The successor of the Paris Climate Agreement, the 200 nations present at the COP22 created a plan to reach their greenhouse gas emission standard goals. However, the accession of the Trump administration may lead to a shift…