Simmering Senegal

Le Cap Vert as seen from above in UNEP's 2008 Atlas of Our Changing Environment.

Le Cap Vert as seen from above in UNEP's 2008 Atlas of Our Changing Environment.

Senegal simmers.  On the cultural front, this West African country even sizzles in terms of  music and dance.  Think Youssou N’Dour, the Orchestre Baobob, and Baba Maa.

But the land of teranga or hospitality, known for its human warmth, now simmers environmentally.  Climate change impacts are already showing.  The 2008 Atlas of Our Changing Environment produced by the U.N. Environment Programme features le cap vert on the front page.

This blog will chronicle my life in 2009 and 2010 as  Fulbright Scholar in Dakar, Senegal, teaching at the law faculty of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop and researching the impact of climate change on Senegal’s environmental and health laws – and vice versa – at the Center for Research, Study, and Documentation of African Institutions and Legislation.



  1. Posted September 29, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Tracy – I finally found your blog! Love the photos.

    I attended a presentation about sea ice the other evening, by Cathleen Geiger, an Upper Valley geologist who leads scientific explorations in the Artic, sonsored by NASA. Fascinating and frightening.

    We’re heavy into Annual Fund season here.

    Be well,

    • Posted October 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      Hiya. Just about to post and saw your comment. Look for talks by Betsy Baker this fall at Dartmouth’s Dickey Center. She’s a VLS colleague who works on climate change and the Arctic, especially the Law of the Sea Convention. She’s joined two arctic expeditions with scientists, as their person, and seeks to have the law being made accurately reflect the science. Hope it’s a good year for the AF. I know that you’ll do everything in your power to make it so. TB

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