22 October 2018
Leehi Yona, our 2018 scholar researching climate change policy-making, published an op-ed in the Montreal Gazette regarding a new report released on October 8th by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The panel of experts addressed the heavy consequences of global warming above 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. It also indicates that “preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems” (Montreal Gazette).
For Leehi, while the IPCC’s overall assessment is alarming in many regards, it nonetheless conveys a message of hope and empowerment by teaching us that we are capable of acting now to limit global warming and protect our communities. Stopping the burning of fossil fuels is a key step is this regard and that involves giving up any new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, Leehi writes. 

Leehi Yona

To better understand how methodologies and cultural norms affect climate policy making, Leehi Yona (environment and resources, Stanford University) investigates how policymakers synthesize scientific evidence into international and regional measures.

2018 Scholars