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Rachel Sobel ’15 Selected to Attend U.N. Climate Change Talks in Peru


Rachel Sobel ’15, a biochemistry and women’s studies double major, has been selected for the second consecutive year to attend the United Nations Climate Change Convention. She is one of eight students sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to attend the talks, being held this year in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12.

ACS sponsors students to attend and blog their observations about the United Nations climate talks. They interview scientists, policymakers and national leaders and discuss how the known science of climate change may be incorporated into international policy, according to the ACS website. Representatives from more than 190 nations will take part in the event.

Sobel, a Senior Fellow at Hamilton this year, also attended last year’s talks in Warsaw, Poland. The 2013 convention addressed proposals for a comprehensive international agreement to reduce carbon gas emissions.

During the sessions, officially known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the students will also participate in various U.N. activities. They will use social networking, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to reach a broad audience. 

This is the fifth year that ACS has sponsored students. Their work is supervised by Professors Gregory Foy and Keith Peterman, both chemistry faculty members at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP).

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