Project: Institute of Current World Affairs Climate Fellowship

Project Details

We’ve heard about Pacific Islanders imminently displaced by rising seas, but limited news reports and even less research emerges from Latin America and the Caribbean regarding the impacts of climate change. For two years and over 6,000 nautical miles, Klima founders Jess and Josh navigated their 39-foot sailboat in the Pacific and Caribbean to investigate the risks in the region, and understand how coastal communities in Latin America adapt.

With hundreds of semi-structured and journalistic interviews, Jess collected scientific data and published a monthly newsletter for a general audience (you can read some here.) They identified local needs with proven academic approaches, and build upon this research for future needs assessments and resilience projects.

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Recent Projects

Project: Fulbright Coastal Vulnerability Map

How can we use existing data to understand the vulnerability of the Baja peninsula to predicted sea level rise? Collaboration with local and international non-profits, academic institutions, governments, and local individuals was the key.

Project: Africa Clean Energy Corridor

As Africa’s energy needs grow, countries look to develop wind, solar, and geothermal resources to build a thriving regional energy market. To promote energy access and lower energy poverty, we calculated the levelized cost of energy…

Project: Kosovo Renewable Energy Strategy

Kosovo, one of the world’s youngest countries, burns dirty lignite coal for electricity only a few miles from the capital city. These power plants are among the three dirtiest in Europe, increasing Kosovo’s emissions while endangering the health of its citizens.

Project: Fulbright NEXUS Map of Stories

New stories of climate change impacts and local adaptations emerge daily, both in local news and academic publications. Yet the local information and academic research rarely inform each other.

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