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Climate and Society (Journals)

We are extremely excited to publish the first issue of Climate and Society, an undergraduate journal focused on the intersection of climate change and social science. When envisioning this journal, we hoped to create a space where students and faculty from different colleges and universities could engage with each other on an issue of great global importance and societal urgency. We hoped that through this engagement, our broad, intercollegiate community could become better connected, more knowledgeable, and more prepared to act effectively on climate change issues.

The three articles form the centerpiece of this effort. The first, written by Daniel Vernick, Joshua Hill, and Cameron Stanish at Yale University, investigates the role of Transnational Municipal Networks in climate governance regimes. The second, authored by Laura Cutlip at Colorado College, comparatively analyzes the U.S. and Canadian health care systems in connection with climate change-related migration and public health impacts. Finally, Sydney Abraham and Meg Dollison’s work reviews the challenges and opportunities of agricultural production in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This publication is the culmination of an 18 month process of imagining the journal, realizing our collective vision, and moving through the initial editorial process. There are many people to thank without whom this issue would not have been possible. Chief among these is librarian Jason Hallen, who has dedicated countless hours to the creation of this website. Thank you also to Al Montero, whose experience and advice helped us turn our half-baked ideas into a formalized academic journal. Meetings with Dean Gretchen Hofmeister, Kathy Evertz, Lori Pearson, Sarah Calhoun, and Greg Marfleet were also crucial to our progress in these formative stages. Our thanks also goes out to the countless professors at various schools who have helped share our messages with their campuses.

We are extremely grateful to all of these people for helping to produce this issue and to you, our readers, for your interest in CAS. We thank you for your time and hope that you find the articles to be stimulating, meaningful, and informative.