Emergence and diffusion of green bonds

    IPCC estimates an investment of 2.4 trillion dollars in energy systems for a low-carbon economy. It requires financial innovations and an understanding of its emergence and diffusion. Green bonds, a recent financial innovation, have been gaining attention – the roles of various stakeholders, self-reinforcing processes, and widespread acceptance have been vital factors for its growth and distribution. Assessing these parameters helps to better understand obstacles and factors that influence successful dispersion of other financial innovations.

    Shubhra Verma

    April 7, 2021
    The Perils and Promises of Urban Greening

    Green spaces are essential features of livable and sustainable cities. In order to ensure that everyone benefits from them, researchers, community leaders and city planners need to understand how and when green spaces may contribute to the displacement of low-income communities. Predicting displacement, however, is only the first step to creating better access to parks. 

    Erin Eck

    March 30, 2021
    Growth of glacial lakes increases hazards for glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs)

    New research maps the global extent of glacial lakes and shows that climate change is causing an increase in the size of these lakes across the planet.  As glacial lakes grow, the likelihood of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in high altitude areas is increasing. This study highlights the urgent need for adaptation planning in high risk mountainous communities that may be exposed to GLOFs as the planet warms.  

    Humna Sharif

    March 22, 2021
    Intersectional Ecofeminist Communication: A New Paradigm for Environmental Communication

    Engagement at the nexus of environmental and feminist communication studies, until recently, has been cursory. A new field, Intersectional ecofeminist communication studies, aims to address this engagement and offers guiding principles for approaching environmental communication challenges. 

    Cam Humphrey

    March 9, 2021
Pulling in the public to embrace the adoption of electric vehicles

Policy interventions such as effective incentive and reward-based “pull measures", rather than restrictive penalty-based “push measures”, can be instrumental in shaping the public’s perception of clean transportation adoption. Policy makers can leverage this knowledge to design policies that influence public behavior positively and enable the public to make more environmentally conscious choices.

Niraja Chopade
March 2, 2021
Largest Arctic Expedition Ever Overcomes Unprecedented Challenges to Tackle Climate Research

The largest Arctic research expedition ever has recently returned from a year drifting in an ice floe. Dr. Janin Schaffer, an oceanographer and Team Lead on the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) expedition, explains the significance of this research for understanding global climate change uncertainties. 

Cameron Ramey
February 25, 2021
Integrating ecological and economic valuations for the conservation of ecosystems

Often economic valuations and ecological models operate in silos when it comes tomanagement of ecosystem services. A study in Hawaii uses Systems Thinking to create a model combining the two, thereby creating a dynamic pricing mechanism for the conservation of a watershed.

Radhika Sundaresan
February 15, 2021
Leveraging Nature and Tools from the Past for the Future of Water Security in the Andes

In Andean countries, cities and farms are facing a variety of challenges in the water sector due to climate change: growing demand, shrinking supplies, and irregular flooding. Now, water managers are looking to harness natural ecosystems in tandem with Indigenous water management systems to mitigate these stressors. 

Margaret Oliver
February 6, 2021