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MeCCO Monthly Summary for June 2017

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) June 2017 Summary June 2017 coverage of climate change and global warming went up nearly 46% compared to May. This was attributed largely to the news surrounding United States President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from … Continue reading

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CSTPR Welcomes Professor Bienvenido León, FIRST Scholar

Professor Bienvenido León joins CSTPR for this summer. He is visiting through the Faculty in Residence Summer Teaching program (FIRST) in the Office of Continuing Education at CU Boulder. This is a collaboration with ENVS and Inside the Greenhouse. Bienvenido is … Continue reading

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Inside the Greenhouse, Climate Discourse Cools Down

Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine July 7, 2017 Where one stands on the validity of climate change science depends largely on where one sits on the political spectrum, surveys show. This fact vexes people who respond to climate science doubt … Continue reading

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Notes From the Field in Ethiopia: From Addis to Adama

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Katie Chambers Ethiopia, June 2017 Katie is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering with a focus on Engineering for Developing Communities. In Ethiopia, Katie will be developing flood inundation maps for communities … Continue reading

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What Will Happen When a Self-Driving Car Kills a Bystander?

by CSTPR Visiting Scholar, Jack Stilgoe The Guardian June 24, 2017 As a social scientist researching emerging technologies, I am fascinated by the bumps, scrapes and abrupt turns of self-driving cars as they accelerate towards the market. Here is a … Continue reading

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Rural–Urban Differences in Cooking Practices and Exposures in Northern Ghana

by Wiedinmyer, C., K. Dickinson, R. Piedrahita, E. Kanyomse, E. Coffey, M. Hannigan, R. Alirigia, and A. Oduro Environmental Research Letters Volume 12, Number 6 (2017) Abstract: Key differences between urban and rural populations can influence the adoption and impacts … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field in Ethiopia: From Top-Down Mapping to Bottom-Up Solutions

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Katie Chambers Ethiopia, June 2017 Katie is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering with a focus on Engineering for Developing Communities. In Ethiopia, Katie will be developing flood inundation maps for communities … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: Trump and Paris Climate Agreement Consumes Cultural Coverage of Climate Change

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) May 2017 Summary May 2017 coverage of climate change and global warming increased compared to the previous month, as overall coverage across all sources in twenty-eight countries showed an approximate 10 percent increase compared … Continue reading

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Perceptions of the Effects of Floods and Droughts on Livelihoods: Lessons from Arid Kenya

Product of CSTPR’s Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC) internship program by Amy Quandt and Yunus Antony Kimathi International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Vol. 9 Issue: 03, pp.337-351 (2017) The purpose of this paper is to … Continue reading

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Barn Swallow Research in China

Rebecca Safran (co-founder of CSTPR’s Inside the Greenhouse project), along with Liz Scordato (a post-doc in the Safran Lab), travelled to China in May 2017 to meet up with Dr. Liu Yu. They are traveling with Dr. Emilio Pagani-Núñez, a … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field in Ethiopia: Engineering Meets Humanitarian Action

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Katie Chambers Ethiopia, June 2017 Katie is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering with a focus on Engineering for Developing Communities. In Ethiopia, Katie will be developing flood inundation maps for communities … Continue reading

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Navigating Climate Change – A Communications Challenge by Max Boykoff

[video] 40:14 The realization that climate change is bound to deeply disrupt our future hasn’t set in yet in the US, in large part due to a longstanding propaganda campaign by the fossil fuel lobby to sew doubt. CU Boulder … Continue reading

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More than Scientists: Quitting is a Privilege

Quitting is a privilege Phaedra Pezzullo, University of Colorado Boulder We have a lot of admiration for Phaedra’s approach: “I think quitting is a privilege. If you listen to the people most impacted by environmental disasters and climate disasters, they … Continue reading

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CSTPR 2016 Annual Report

January 1 – December 31, 2016 Full Annual Report [pdf] Working to improve how science & technology policies address societal needs through research, education and service The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) was established within CIRES in … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: So what’s our story going to be?

Rebecca Safran, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder There have been many moments in human history when people have come together and created revolutionary change for the better. There have also been many human civilizations that have fallen … Continue reading

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New Data for Old Problems

by Justin Farrell, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University What should social scientific research look like in this so-called age of “big” data, where everything is connected, and seemingly everything is digitized? Here I want to briefly reflect on … Continue reading

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Navigating with Intention: CSTPR alumnus Bets McNie talks about her career and future

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writing Intern Elizabeth “Bets” McNie was part of the first ever graduate student cohort at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR). She knows that CSTPR is a special place. “Being part of … Continue reading

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Inside the Greenhouse Newsletter, Issue #7

Issue 7 | May 2017 Subscribe to ITG Newsletters As this critical year unfolds, we at Inside the Greenhouse are as determined as ever to work to meet people where they are and ‘re-tell climate change stories’ from a range … Continue reading

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CSTPR Students and Researchers Moving on to New Positions

Several CSTPR graduate students who recently received their degrees, as well as two of our research scientists, will be moving on to new faculty or research positions. We are glad that their time at CSTPR helped prepare them for the … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?: Collaborative Governance on the Colorado River

by Elizabeth Koebele The Colorado River weaves through the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, providing water for over 40 million people, 5.5 million acres of irrigated farmland, and countless environmental and recreational assets along the way (United States Bureau of … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary for April 2017

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) April 2017 Summary April 2017 coverage of climate change and global warming decreased compared to the previous month, as coverage across all sources in twenty-eight countries showed an approximate 7% decrease compared to March … Continue reading

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Science Won’t Save Colorado’s Mule Deer

by Abigail Ahlert, CSTPR Science Writing Intern Decisions about wildlife management are often framed as scientific conflicts instead of political ones. In the case of Colorado’s mule deer, this is ineffective. It misrepresents science and keeps policymakers from making informed … Continue reading

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AAAS “CASE” Workshop Reflections by Caroline Havrilla

Each year CSTPR hosts a competition to send two CU Boulder students to Washington, DC to attend the AAAS “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” workshop. During the workshop portion, the winners learned about the structure and organization of Congress, … Continue reading

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AAAS “CASE” Workshop Reflections by Adalyn Fyhrie

Each year CSTPR hosts a competition to send two CU Boulder students to Washington, DC to attend the AAAS “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” workshop. During the workshop portion, the winners learned about the structure and organization of Congress, … Continue reading

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Lauren Gifford Receives First Radford Byerly, Jr. Award in Science and Technology Policy

Rad Byerly, Jr., passed away last year after an impressive career that included more than twenty years as staff on and ultimately Director of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also was Director of the Center … Continue reading

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Recycled Runway Challenges Colorado’s Youth to Design Eco-Friendly Haute Couture

303 Magazine April 21, 2017 Now in its eighth year, The Common Threads Creative Lab’s Recycled Runway has become a staple event for the community’s fashionable and eco-conscious youth. During Tuesday’s sold-out show, more than 30 young designers strutted the … Continue reading

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From Trash to Treasure – Telling the Story of Sustainability

CU Boulder Today April 20, 2017 by Kristin Agnes While plaid and shearling were all the buzz on the fall 2017 fashion runways in New York and Milan earlier this year, Boulder took a different approach to fashion trends: promoting … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy: Now This is How Policy is Supposed to Work!

by Paul Komor, CSTPR Faculty Affiliate and Suzanne Tegen, CSTPR Visiting Scholar We are at the early stages of a major transformation of our energy system. And that transformation is being driven by thoughtful government intervention that promotes human health … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary for March 2017

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) March 2017 Summary March 2017 coverage on climate change has increased again during the past month. Numbers across all sources in twenty-eight countries showed a 13% increase from February 2017 overall. Coverage of political, … Continue reading

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Media Coverage of Climate Change

Just Updated through March 2017 Global & 9 National Scales, *Germany just added The Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) monitors fifty-two sources across twenty-eight countries in seven different regions around the world. MeCCO assembles the data by accessing archives … Continue reading

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Marisa McNatt Receives 2017 Summer Graduate School Fellowship

CSTPR Graduate Student Marisa McNatt was selected by the Environmental Studies Department and the Graduate School to receive a 2017 Summer Graduate School Fellowship. Marisa is studying the offshore wind planning process and will apply lessons learned to improve state- … Continue reading

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Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, Doctoral Student, Environmental Design and Environmental Studies Bruce Goldstein, Associate Professor, Environmental Design and Environmental Studies As part of our research program into the transformative potential of learning networks, wevisited a range of communities affiliated with the Fire … Continue reading

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Want to Buy a New Stove?

by Katie Dickinson, CSTPR Core Faculty Member Think for a moment about the last meal you cooked. What kind of stove (or stoves) did you use? A gas range? An electric oven? A charcoal grill? A microwave? Maybe you even … Continue reading

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How One Professor is Finding the Funny in Climate Change

ClimateWire March 22, 2017 by John Fialka We have rising sea levels, world-record warming, acidifying oceans, an approaching food crisis and a president who is determined to cut any federal budget that is aimed at mitigating climate change. Is there … Continue reading

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A Fork in the Road: Jack Stilgoe Considers the Future with Self-Driving Cars

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writing Intern When you imagine a future with self-driving cars, what do you picture? Are you sliding into your own Tesla Model S, or are you calling up Driverless Cars Company X for a ride? … Continue reading

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ITG 2017 Comedy & Climate Change Video Winners Announced

Humor is a tool underutilized, and comedy has the power to effectively connect with people about climate change issues. Inside the Greenhouse held a competition to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful videos. The winning … Continue reading

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‘Stand Up for Climate Change’ Event to Fuse the Sober Topic of Climate Change With Humor

Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine March 2017 by Clint Talbott Climate change is about as amusing as death, but the gallows can inspire a kind of humor. Consider this, from late-night jokester Conan O’Brien: “Yesterday, a group of scientists warned … Continue reading

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Environment and the Media

by Gesa Luedecke and Maxwell T. Boykoff The International Encyclopedia of Geography (2017) D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. A. Marston (Eds.) [pdf] Excerpt: Media range from entertainment to news media, spanning traditional … Continue reading

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Science Policy in a Changed Political Landscape: Not All Bad News

by Steve Vanderheiden, CSTPR Core Faculty Member The first two months of 2017 have brought good and bad news regarding United States efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, illustrating an evolving relationship between science and policy in domestic climate change … Continue reading

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Inconvenient Mistruths: Justin Farrell Talks About the Spreading of Misinformation on Climate Change

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writing Intern A lie is more convincing if it’s backed up by multiple sources. For the many organizations deliberately sowing mistrust of climate science, this was clearly a lesson taken to heart. Justin Farrell, a … Continue reading

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Marisa McNatt Receives AAAS 2017 Poster Award

CSTPR Graduate Student Marisa McNatt received Honorable Mention in the Social Sciences category for the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Student Poster Competition, held at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in February. For the … Continue reading

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Ogmius, Newsletter of CSTPR, Issue 46 is Now Out

Ogmius Issue #46, Winter 2017 This issue of Ogmius features a discussion of water allocation in Australia and the Netherlands by CSTPR core faculty member Steve Vanderheiden. It also includes a profile of CSTPR alum Joel Gratz and CSTPR Visitor … Continue reading

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The UN Needs Science Advice Now More Than Ever

The UN’s Scientific Advisory Board has done pioneering work. If it is not renewed, policy will suffer by CSTPR Faculty Affiliate, Susan Avery and Maria Ivanova “Science makes policy out of brick, not straw,” the Scientific Advisory Board to the … Continue reading

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MeCCO Summary: Climate Change News Coverage Decreases in February

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) February 2017 Summary February 2017 saw climate change coverage decrease across the fifty sources in twenty-seven countries around planet Earth (see Figure 1). Coverage of political, scientific, ecological/meteorological, and cultural dimensions of climate change … Continue reading

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The Ring of Engagement

by Jason Delborne, CSTPR Faculty Affiliate Associate Professor of Science, Policy, and Society at North Carolina State University Diagram above from Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values, National Academies of Sciences, … Continue reading

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No Laughing Matter? When It Comes To Climate Change, CU Boulder Show Begs To Differ

Max Boykoff and Beth Osnes will be live on NPR’s Colorado Matters at 10:05am on March 3, 2017 Climate Change is no laughing matter — unless it is. That’s the premise for a show, “Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment … Continue reading

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Media Attention to Climate Change Dips

See February 2017 Global & National Scale Updates The Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) monitors fifty sources across twenty-five countries in seven different regions around the world. MeCCO assembles the data by accessing archives through the Lexis Nexis, Proquest … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: Our Level of Empathy as a Society Will Be Challenged

Nancy Emery, University of Colorado Boulder It’s not just about dealing with the weather directly. As never before, we will be challenged to support people who need help – who can’t “just turn up the air conditioning” – who’s very … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Climate Change: An Experiment With Creative Climate Comedy

Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM Old Main Auditorium University of Colorado Boulder View Flyer Humor is a tool underutilized, and comedy has the power to effectively connect with people about climate change issues. Our event is associated with the … Continue reading

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Scientists Informing Congress: How Julia Schubert Uses Geoengineering Policy as a Case Study

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writing Intern How do you study the ways in which scientific expertise is brought into the process of policy making? And how do you capture its impact? One possibility is conducting a case study of … Continue reading

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