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Black Carbon, Brown Carbon… What About Blue Carbon?


By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center While working on a small consulting project, I recently came across the term “blue carbon.” I’m familiar with black carbon (i.e., the soot emitted during incomplete combustion of fossil fuels in coal-fired power plants, cars and other equipment), and brown carbon (which originates primarily during the combustion […]

Top-down versus Bottom-up Climate Change Action: Is the Paris Agreement Worth Keeping?

Tanja presenting on the Paris Agreement

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On September 19th, 2017, I delivered a presentation to the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. Speaking to nearly 100 attendees, including students from the Claremont Colleges, I examined nearly three decades of sluggish international climate change negotiations that contrast sharply with increasingly robust and […]

What Does Climate Change Have to Do with These Hurricanes?

Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager The image above should startle you. Three active hurricanes – Katia, Irma, and Jose (from left to right) – were poised to make landfall on the same day (Saturday, September 9th) a couple of weekends ago. Only a couple of weeks before, Hurricane Harvey devastated the southern coastline of […]

What ExxonMobil’s Duplicity on Climate Change Means for the Fossil Fuel Industry

ExxonMobil refinery

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Back in 2015, a number of reports raised serious allegations against ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil and gas corporation. The reports suggested that, over several decades, ExxonMobil outwardly denied or expressed skepticism about anthropogenic climate change, even though the company’s scientists and internal research documents often acknowledged its risks. […]

A Call to Institutionalize Sustainability at Harvey Mudd

Harvey Mudd College campus

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager; and TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center Sustainability remains one of Harvey Mudd’s target areas for progress. As we argue here, the College must foster a culture around environmental sustainability on campus and among all of its community members if it is to prepare students for the real […]

Ted Cruz’s stance on Paris Climate Agreement myopic, not in America’s best interest

Senator Ted Cruz

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On May 29, Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz published an opinion article on calling on President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The reasons Senator Cruz lists to justify his call have been mostly debunked as biased, exaggerated, or wrong by […]

California Looks Ahead, Aims to Bolster Climate Policy

Gerry Brown speaks at a conference.

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In the first 100 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has shown little to no inclination to maintain or advance the United States’ efforts to address climate change and other environmental issues. It did not take long after the federal election in November 2016 for California leadership to emerge […]

Dismantled: President Trump signs executive orders undoing Obama climate policies

President Trump signing executive order

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13783: “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” in an effort to “[avoid] regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation,” and, as Trump himself stated, to “put an end to the war on coal.” […]

Climate Clash: President Trump’s First Moves on the Environment

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager It did not take long for President Donald Trump to make his first moves on the environment. Inaugurated just over a week ago, the 45th President of the United States has acted quickly, issuing a number of executive orders and instructions, geared toward undoing President Obama’s environmental legacy. The […]

President Obama’s Environmental Legacy

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager In September 2016, the U.S. and China stepped forward together to sign and ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, a profound act by the world’s two leading greenhouse gas emitters to hold themselves, and each other, accountable. A couple of months later, in November 2016, the Agreement came into force, committing all nations […]