When I walked into the Climate Generations Area at COP21, I was in awe. Water bottles refill stations were widely accessible, power outlets were charged by bicycles, and much of the building was constructed out of renewable materials. The building truly felt like I was peering into the future — one that I would be extremely proud to live in.

It is up to us to solve climate change.

The Faces of Solar at COP21 (see part I)

Laura Stachel: Eliminating Childbirth Mortalities in Underserved Countries

In 2008, Dr. Laura Stachel traveled to northern Nigeria on a graduate research project. She spent two weeks observing care in a hospital as a part of a research program through University of California, Berkeley. As an obstetrician, her original purpose was to examine how to lower the staggeringly high rates of maternal death.

One of the persistent problems in the development of solar energy is how to store the electricity once it is created from a photovoltaic cell. By its very nature, solar energy only works when the sun is up, and works best when the sky is not cloudy. To be practical, solar energy systems have to have a way to store excess electricity when the sun isn’t shining.