The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour In true documentary fashion, The 11th Hour is a daunting call-to-action featuring qualified experts from nearly every field of science, revealing graphics showing the widespread decline of our natural resources, and shocking images of people… Read More

Kacey Merlini

About Kacey Merlini

I am a sophomore Environmental Social Science major at Davidson College particularly focusing on the political, economic, and social impacts of renewable energy systems and food policy. I also play lacrosse at Davidson, and in my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and photography.

Comprehensive Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms

TO: Sally Howard, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Legislation for the Food and Drug Administration FROM: Kathleen Merlini, Davidson College SUBJECT: The Necessity and Advantages of Labeling Genetically Modified Foods in the United States DATE: April… Read More

Kacey Merlini

About Kacey Merlini

I am a sophomore Environmental Social Science major at Davidson College particularly focusing on the political, economic, and social impacts of renewable energy systems and food policy. I also play lacrosse at Davidson, and in my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and photography.

Colorado Fracking: How Local Governments Can Impact Fracking Regulations

The process of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” involves injecting a mixture of water, chemicals and sand deep into the earth’s surface to release the oil beneath (Minor 68). This harvesting process coupled with vague federal regulations… Read More

Colin Knight

About Colin Knight

I am a junior at Davidson College with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. In regards to environmental politics, I am specifically interested in renewable energies and sustainable development.

Erin Brockovich: A Well Framed Narrative

In his 2000 film, Erin Brockovich, director Steven Soderbergh tells the story of the contamination by means of hexavalent chromium used in the Pacific Gas & Electric plant in Hinkley, California and how a young woman, Erin Brockovich,… Read More

Colin Knight

About Colin Knight

I am a junior at Davidson College with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. In regards to environmental politics, I am specifically interested in renewable energies and sustainable development.

Bay-Delta Ecosystem

MEMORANDUM TO: GINA MCCARTHY, EPA ADMINISTRATOR FROM: COLIN KNIGHT, ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS STUDENT AT DAVIDSON COLLEGE DATE: MARCH 30, 2015 SUBJECT: BAY-DELTA ECOSYSTEM The Bay-Delta ecosystem and its importance to California’s water supply, fishing industry, and natural beauty is… Read More

Colin Knight

About Colin Knight

I am a junior at Davidson College with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. In regards to environmental politics, I am specifically interested in renewable energies and sustainable development.

Coal Ash Clean Up in North Carolina

MEMORANDUM To: Governor Patrick McCrory From: Kathleen Merlini Date: February 2015 Subject: A New Coal Ash Management Bill The current legislation of the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 is not comprehensive or strong enough to prevent future… Read More

Kacey Merlini

About Kacey Merlini

I am a sophomore Environmental Social Science major at Davidson College particularly focusing on the political, economic, and social impacts of renewable energy systems and food policy. I also play lacrosse at Davidson, and in my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and photography.

Policy Memo to the Directors of “Beijing Besieged by Waste”

To: Kun Bao and Wang the directors of “Beijing Besieged by Waste” From: Antonia Giles, Environmental Studies Student at Davidson College Subject: Waste Management Plan for Beijing, China Date: April 2015  The Importance of Urban Waste Management in Beijing Right now, the Chinese are more concerned with economic development than sustainable management of waste. As Wang … Continue reading Policy Memo to the directors of “Beijing Besieged by Waste”

Antonia Giles

About Antonia Giles

I am a student at Davidson College, class of 2016. I am a Political Science major with a minor in Environmental Studies. My academic interests are urban agriculture and food justice, environmental policy, and social entrepreneurship.

Addressing the Water Shortage in Perth, Australia

TO: Mr. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia FROM: Ed Isola, a Concerned Undergraduate Student at Davidson College SUBJECT: Water Shortage in Perth DATE: April 3, 2015   The city of Perth faces drastic water shortages in the… Read More

Ed Isola

About Ed Isola

I am a Mathematics and Computer Science and Political Science double major at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Outside of writing, I enjoy wrestling and playing music.

The Other Side of Gorilla Poaching

High in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, Dian Fossey studied the behaviors of wild mountain gorillas for nearly twenty years and enlightened the international scientific community about the social structures and habits of these apes (McPherson 2014). The film Gorillas in the Mist (Apted 1988) shows how Fossey grew close with a specific band of … Continue reading The Other Side of Gorilla Poaching

Adrienne Mathis

About Adrienne Mathis

As an Anthropology major and Environmental Studies minor at Davidson College I am most passionate about environmental justice, indigenous rights, and ecosystem management. I enjoy using analytical frameworks to better understand the complexity of environmental problems.

“Who Killed the Electric Car?” – A Policy Process Analysis of the Ceasing of Production of EV1s

Almost two decades ago, in 1996, electric cars called EV1s were being driven in the streets of California that produced “no exhaust and ran without gasoline” (Paine 2006). Within ten years, these cars stopped being manufactured by GM and were even forced out of the hands of its owners. Through a policy process analysis of … Continue reading “Who Killed the Electric Car?” – A Policy Process Analysis of the Ceasing of Production of EV1s

Joe St. James Lopez

About Joe St. James Lopez

My name is Joe St. James, and I am a political science major with a particular interest in environmental policy and diverse issues of sustainable development. I am taking Dr. Bullock's Environmental Politics class so that I can further learn about these issues, as well as the roles that energy efficiency and renewable energy issues have had on politics.

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