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Manning researches sustainability at State Fair

For the past ten years, environmental studies professor Christie Manning has made a point of spending summer days at the Minnesota State Fair – not for deep-fried snacks-on-a-stick, but for the opportunity to conduct survey research on the psychology of sustainable behavior. Manning’s academic background in cognitive psychology has allowed her to approach environmental issues…

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Divestment proposal recommended by SRC, will go to Trustees

After several months of deliberation, the Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) has unanimously voted to recommend Fossil Free Mac’s (FFM) proposal of a moratorium on the college’s direct private partnerships with oil and gas investments to the Board of Trustees. The SRC, comprised of five voting members and three ex-officio members, issued an official report on…

Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era
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Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era

Gina McCarthy, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama, spoke last Thursday in Kagin Commons as the Lectures Coordination Board (LCB) spring speaker. During her time in charge of the EPA, McCarthy – who is now a professor at Harvard University – made significant progress on initiatives to cut…

Opinion

Congressional Republicans provide hope for climate change under Trump

Surprisingly, congressional Republicans provide the greatest reasons to be optimistic about climate change. Have you heard of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which boasts eleven Republican members as well as eleven Democrats? Did you know that Tea-Party member Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC 1st) along with 16 other Republicans co-sponsored a resolution urging climate action? It…

Opinion

Vote like your whole planet depended on it

Even a cursory examination of recent news regarding the environment reveals that our planet is in dire straits. This year, Earth experienced the hottest August documented in history, its sixteenth consecutive record-warm month. The past few decades have seen an increase in extreme weather events, including heat waves, coastal flooding and droughts, which scientists believe…

Mac Students at COP21
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Mac Students at COP21

This past weekend, as Macalester students came back to campus after Thanksgiving, the 10 students in Professor Roopali Phadke’s environmental studies class about the COP21 climate change conference boarded a plane to Paris. The class, entitled “Climate Talks: Dispatches from Paris,” has been working all semester in preparation for the conference that many have said…

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Mac students fasting in solidarity with victims of superstorm Haiyan

Monday, November 11th marked the beginning of climate negotiations at COP19, a meeting of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change. On the first day, lead negotiator for the Philippines, Naderev (Yeb) Saño made a sobering, passionate speech to his fellow representatives – 190 other world leaders. In the wake of superstorm Haiyan, he called…

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