Teaching 101: 1 x 1

One of the best parts of being a teacher is working with students individually. Classroom teaching is fun, of course.  I’ve enjoyed this year’s classes in human rights, comparative health law, and climate change.  Putting the syllabi and readings together, conducting class discussion (as I do my best to reorient the students from the system […]

Happy Earth Day, Bonne Journée Mondiale de la Terre 2010

While readers in the United States are still busy doing the millions of activities organized this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day,  I’m just closing up shop on my favorite one to date.  I spent the day in Thies, Senegal’s 2nd largest (but rapidly developing) city, giving a talk about climate change.  […]

A new international masters program in sustainable development at UCAD

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation,  Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)’s  Faculte des Sciences Economiques et de la Gestion (FASEG), announced their partnership to offer a new Global Masters in Development Practice (MDP). In a launching ceremony in the grand amphitheater of the modern UCAD II building, UCAD’s Rector […]

UNFCCC quietly receives list of government climate pledges

Although the NYT and the Climate Progress blog didn’t report any news today about Copenhagen Accord pledges received by the January 31st deadline, the BBC did.  Richard Black’s blog mostly talked about the un-deadline nature of yesterday, but then announced at its close that the UNFCC C secretariat had just posted the results.  Under a […]

Dakar, then and now

If I had a 100 cfa coin for every time un dakarois has remarked how much the city has changed in the last 5/10/20 years, I’d be awash in bus fare.  These two graphics, taken from UNEP’s Africa:  Atlas of Our Changing Environment,  say it all.  (And lives up to this publication’s media blurb: “As […]

Tick, Tock

In Copenhagen, one of the many civil society groups urged negotiators to work hard by reminding them constantly of the passage of time.  Tick, tock was written on buttons and posters all around the Bella Center.  Ads that greeted me upon arrival at the airport showed world leaders like Ban Ki-Moon and Yvo de Boer, […]

U.S. climate change time

I understand the concept of “Africa time,” having lived in Rwanda and now Senegal.  I came to embrace “res time” when working on an American Indian reservation in law school.  But Todd Sterns’ declaration yesterday – his first public comments about the Copenhagen negotiations since their conclusion on December 19 – that President Obama and […]

Totaling the check and tallying the score

When I arrived in Copenhagen about 10 days ago, the Hopenhagen signs plastered on the walls of the arrivals area – many of them sponsored by Coca Cola – perked me up after a late night flight.  Today, reading the post-mortems in the Sunday NYT and reflecting on the roller coaster ride of the last […]

Climate Divide: The Common Blind Spot of China & U.S. pre-COP15

The last few days have been busy ones for announcing opening positions for the COP15 negotiations.  The United States announced on 11/26 that it would reduce the total tonnage of its greenhouse gas emissions “in the range of” 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  These numbers reflect targets specified in […]

A Shameless COP15 Plug: The European Youth Forum

President Obama isn’t the only one speaking in Copenhagen next week. I will speak at a side event hosted by the European Youth Forum on Thursday, Dec 10th, from 4:30 – 6pm.  (Now known as the day after Obama’s visit. 🙂  If you’re in the ‘hood and want to attend, here’s a link to the […]