Using Projected Climate Change Impact on Coral Reefs to Explore a New Framework for Equity

by Wendy Noreña

The effect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on ecosystem services is a subject of major concern in climate policy and conservation. Coral reefs are considered an especially vulnerable ecosystem as they are projected to be highly affected by ocean warming and acidification, both of which are generally thought to be likely consequences of climate change. While much research has already been conducted to determine the damage coral reefs will suffer as a result of climate change, surveys of how individual countries will be affected by coral reef devastation have not yet been implemented. Wolff et al. model both in this study, showcasing projected climate stress on reefs from 1875 to 2050 alongside measures of vulnerability and equity for individual countries and regions based on GHG emissions per capita and expected reef devastation. The study finds an alarming decoupling between total GHG emissions and reef impact, indicating that, in general, countries that emit the most GHG will often experience less reef impact while the opposite is true for countries that emit very little GHG. Continue reading

Who Supports Planting Urban Trees in Hangzhou?

by Caitlin Suh

How should advocates of green infrastructure convince a population to support its implementation, particularly the planting of urban trees? In a study by researchers Jason A. Byrne et al. (2015), the relationship between residents of Hangzhou, China’s knowledge of climate change, familiarity and usage of green spaces, socio-demographic characteristics; and their attitude towards the implementation of green infrastructure are correlated. Through these findings, the researchers proposed methods through which politicians and others could advocate the building of these green infrastructures. Continue reading