ESA hosts panel on COP21 conference

first_imgIn an effort to spread awareness on environmental issues and current attempts to address them by talking about the recent climate summit COP21, the Environmental Student Assembly hosted USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Lamy, Shannon Gibson, a professor in international relations, and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss Thursday afternoon.The talks began with background about COP21 and the concept of global warming as a whole. Held in Paris shortly after the November terrorist attacks, COP21 addressed the issue of climate change and how different countries and communities could reduce carbon emissions. It was the 21st of a series of meetings following the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on climate control and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Talks at the summit centered around not letting the average global temperature rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius and countries constructing goals for lowering greenhouse gas emissions.After explaining the purpose of the meeting, the speakers delved into the implications concerning the standards that each country set up in order to decrease carbon emissions.“This is like Weight Watchers, people come in and make promises but the enforcement mechanism is not there,” Lamy said. “There is going to be smaller countries that will be leaders in reducing carbon emissions like Sweden or Norway.”Lamy explained that more skeptical countries like Russia could look to these “leader” countries to mold their policies, reducing emissions yet boosting their economies.Reiss echoed this sentiment by saying the lack of global enforcement to hold these countries accountable poses a challenge for the world.“The problem seems to be that there is no enforcing programs that will make these ‘intended commitments’ come true,” Reiss said. “This issue is still in the hands of nation states. We have not yet decided on a system of global governance.”She followed this up by stating that the consumer has the most power by choosing to support or not support corporations that aren’t environmentally friendly.“Individuals should divest from companies that contribute lots of emissions,” Reiss said.She then transitioned into her talks about how spreading environmental awareness should begin on a microscale. She stated that despite its difficulty, it’s important that the U.S. effectively convey the severity of the issue to its citizens.“In a country like the United States, anything complicated is avoided,” Reiss said. “We need to communicate in a way that is more relevant to people and voters.”Gibson added to this argument by stating that students should be critical consumers, buying products based on background research and figuring out how much of an impact it actually makes on the environment. She talked about how green symbols on many big company products are actually industry markings that have low standards and mean next to nothing.Reiss brought it back to the USC students by urging the those in attendance to be smart consumers.“The kind of transition it’s going to take for a low-carbon system is going to be huge,” Reiss said. “But it begins with your generation — you guys.”last_img read more

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LeBron James surges for short-handed Lakers; Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma seal win late

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think he was great all game, not just in the second half,” James said of Ingram. “His pace, his ability to play the point and play the wing, he’s a very special talent and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.”With Lonzo Ball missing another game and Rajon Rondo held out for rest, the bar was low. Ingram started at point guard, and Kyle Kuzma slid into the power forward spot. Walton said pregame that he wanted to see better defensive effort, fewer turnovers and fewer fouls.What he saw wasn’t all that good: The team had seven turnovers in the first quarter while giving up 39 points. Without Rondo directing things as he had in the first two games, the slip-ups added up for the Lakers.“We were not good at any of those tonight,” a frustrated Walton said at the postgame podium. “We have to get a lot better in this next week or however long we got left until the start of the season.”Then, James took over, knowing he would be sitting out the second half. He made five straight Lakers baskets to end the first half, finishing the thrust with a layup over Skal Labissiere that tied the score and drew a foul. “Tonight I felt really, really good,” he said. “You know, you see the ball go through the rim when you get to the free-throw line, and it makes you even more and more comfortable offensively.”As James sat in the second half, the slack was picked up by Ingram, with some help from his teammates. Kuzma, making his first preseason start at power forward tipped in an Ingram missed free-throw attempt with nine seconds remaining that all but clinched the result.Walton held off on being too kind to Ingram: While the third-year forward had some key defensive plays late, his coach wants to see that effort throughout entire games.Ingram agreed with Walton on that point. Still, he said, it felt good to get a compliment from James, who has a locker right next to him.“It makes you want to keep going,” he said. “I don’t think I want to stop here and like I said, my expectations are way higher than anyone’s expectations in this room or anybody, so for him to say that is an extreme compliment.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James thumped his chest before he stepped to the line and made the shots, giving him 18 points in just 16 minutes.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, and guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, front, and Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, drives the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes up for a dunk past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, as center Willie Cauley-Stein watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, looks to pass the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reacts after a foul is called on the Lakers as guard Josh Hart looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield on his way to the basket during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with center JaVale McGee, left, and guard Lance Stephenson during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, moves the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with Lance Stephenson after a dunk by Johnathan Williams during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, attempts to drive the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was a tag-team act. LeBron James got the Lakers started. Brandon Ingram made sure they finished.Breaking out of a sluggish start without their top two point guards, the Lakers finally managed their first preseason victory, 128-123 over the Sacramento Kings, behind 18 points from James in another one-half cameo followed by 31 points from Ingram, who guided the team down the stretch.As Ingram made a key steal and two free throws in the final minute, James could be seen clapping and smiling from the bench.It wasn’t a game the Lakers felt wholly good about – their third straight preseason effort with iffy defense and too many fouls. But between James’ second-quarter surge and Ingram’s strong offensive effort, they were finally able to get over a hump and see some potential from a budding young player. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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