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Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

by KATIE BEMB

On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016, a global climate implementation summit to be held on May 5 and 6 at the University of Maryland and downtown Washington D.C.

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Courtesy of the UN News Centre: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016.

According to UMD Right Now, Climate Action 2016 will focus on six key areas to “establish a sustained path towards global climate implementation.” These areas include:

  • City and sub-national implementation
  • Implementing resilience/adaptation
  • Energy
  • Climate-smart land use
  • Transport
  • Analysis and tools to support decision-making

This climate implementation summit will be structured as a follow-up of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that is wrapping up right now in Paris. Continue reading Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

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Hundreds of Thousands to Participate in Global Climate March

by EMILY KALLMYER

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people are marching all over the world to represent a movement for climate justice.

On Nov. 29, the eve of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, groups will gather in major cities across the globe to participate in the People’s Climate March.

The UN conference is expected to be the largest and most crucial global climate summit of this decade. During the two-week meeting, leaders hope to reach a deal on how to prevent global warming.

Despite the recent tragedies in Paris, city officials insisted the attacks would not impact the conference itself, which more than 140 major world leaders are expected to attend.

“What powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children,” President Obama said at a joint White House news conference with French president Francois Hollande.

However, French authorities have banned the portion of the march to take place in Paris, citing concerns stemming from heightened security measures taking place throughout the city.

Environmentalists were preparing for more than 200,000 activists to participate in the Paris march. Some of those participants are preparing to defy the ban, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The organizers of the Paris march have spoken out about the necessity of the ban and urged global participants to march “on behalf of those who can’t”.

In last year’s People’s Climate March, 700,000 people worldwide took to the streets to advocate for swift action in response to climate change. This year, the number of people involved is expected to exceed that number.

In fact, an organized march will take place Sunday afternoon in Prince George’s County.

Organizers expressed a desire to show solidarity with the global movement, while acknowledging the enormous task at hand.

“We have this huge world problem. It’s a metaphysical problem as much as it is a very physical problem, and people don’t necessarily know what activities they can do both small and large to have a measurable impact,” said organizer Kyrke Gaudreau in an interview with the Prince George Citizen.

The participants will march in union with more than 2,400 other marches being conducted this weekend.

“Regardless of what the politicians decide in Paris, this year we, the people, are driving the urgency for action everywhere,” the Global Climate March website states.

You can find the closest event near you here:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/event/globalclimatemarch

Hyattsville Set to Install Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Around Town

by MARYAM OUTLAW

BigBelly Solar, a renewable energy waste-compacting trashcan company, will partner with Hyattsville’s Environment Committee, as a way to mitigate the city’s littering problem.

As large and enclosed solar-paneled containers with Wi-Fi, BigBelly trash cans compact garbage, convert the compiled trash into compost on site and then send a text message to sanitation workers when full for pick up.

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While the trash compactors are already present in major cities such as Philadelphia, Miami and New York, Hyattsville will be the first city in Prince George’s County to install BigBellys.

In addition to commercial parts of Hyattsville, Environment Committee Chair Jim Groves said the committee wants to place the bins in parks to eliminate overflowing trashcans. According to Groves, trash blowing everywhere on windy days can create huge problems for the city’s playgrounds and green life.

Continue reading Hyattsville Set to Install Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Around Town

President Obama and Bill Nye Sit Down to Talk About Climate Change

by JULIE PODCZASKI

In his seventh State of the Union Address in January 2015, President Barack Obama made his strongest case yet for combating global warming. Shocking many Americans, Mr. Obama stated that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. Continue reading President Obama and Bill Nye Sit Down to Talk About Climate Change

Online Classes: Better Than You Think (Opinion)

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by DAN SCHWALB

Online classes are rapidly replacing traditional college lectures. Taking a web-based course may seem overwhelming at first, with no professor to answer questions, or re-explain things. But have no fear; online learning offers many benefits that in-person learning can not. Let’s look at some of the ways a web-based course is helpful.

Saves You Money  

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First and foremost, online classes are cheaper. Even if your online tuition is the same price as campus tuition, there are additional expenses you can avoid. You will save tons of money on gas, by not having to drive to campus. Oil prices go up year after year, meaning web-based learning will become more appealing as time goes on.

And to you students paying for campus housing; imagine the money you will save by living at home. Or, if you insist on living in a college town, online classes will allow you to have more freedom about where you live. It is often cheaper to live farther from campus than right near your school. By taking online classes, you can live several miles away from the university, without the inconvenience of getting to class. This will allow you to still enjoy the thrills of a college town, while your rent remains cheap.

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Saves You Time 

The beauty of computer-based learning is that you choose the pace. Of course there are deadlines for assignments, but you still have a choice about the amount of learning in each day. This is unlike in-person lectures, which give you limited timeframes to write down heaps of information.

Another perk of internet schooling is no set class times. This means you can sleep in as late as needed. No setting your alarm early, scrambling to get dressed and running off to class. No professors giving you glares for walking in a few minutes late. Online classes give you the freedom of choice. Think about how much better life would be if you dictated your schedule, as opposed to your college.

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Saves The Environment 

Environmental concerns are growing, now that we’ve learned humans contribute to climate change. By taking college courses at your computer, you can help to save the environment in multiple ways. Not driving to class means less greenhouse gases will be put into the atmosphere.

You will also be saving paper, because your assignments and handouts will come in the form of computer files. Not only will web-based courses benefit you; mother nature will be assisted as well.

With computers rapidly taking over all walks of life, you should get used to online learning. Hopefully this list will help you to see the benefits of the web-based college experience.