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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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More Than Scientists: All These Other Species Can’t Stop Their Own Extinction

It’s crazy how fast we’re changing things, and for Ariel Morrison at CIRES who sees other species struggling to adapt, it’s alarming: I don’t think we’re marching towards our own extinction, but lots of species are. [video] In this Inside … Continue reading

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Introducing CSTPR’s White Paper Series: A Snapshot of Commercial Space, An EU Fellowship Report

by Augusto González Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) White Paper 2017-01, 30 pp. Colorado has a vibrant aerospace sector and tightly knit community of dynamic aerospace stakeholders from academia, government and industry, which provides an excellent environment to … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Discovery of a Grand Societal Challenge

by Julia Schubert Fulbright Doctoral Visiting Scholar at CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research University of Colorado at Boulder (Image above: Oldest series of weather maps in the United States. January 30, 1843. Produced by James Pollard Espy. … Continue reading

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New Monthly Summaries: News Media Focused on Political and Policy Dimensions of Climate Change

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) January 2017 Summary January ushered in a new era for many things, including media attention to climate change. As many around the world braced for a new phase of approaches to science and the … Continue reading

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Media Coverage of Climate Change Just Updated Through January 2017: Global and National Scales

Updated through January 2017 *Japan & Spain Updated through December 2016 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 … Continue reading

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The Climate Fight Isn’t Just About Facts

by Alexander Lee High Country News February 3, 2017 Five years ago, I hiked to the toe of the East Fork Glacier in Alaska’s Denali National Park. I was on my way to climb a small peak in the Alaska … Continue reading

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Anti-Immigrant Populism & Climate Change Denial

by Steve Vanderheiden The Critique January 15, 2017 As United States president-elect Donald Trump prepares his agenda for his first 100 days in office, for which he has promised and signaled significant change, analysts and pundits are left to speculate … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: An Ark Floating in Space, Keeping All its Plants, Animals, Us Safe

An ark, floating in the middle of space, keeping all its plants, animals, us safe and alive – Earth – To Christy McCain of CU Boulder, studying biodiversity, we are the sentient ones that should be taking care of it … Continue reading

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AAAS “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” Workshop Student Competition

Student competition to attend the AAAS “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” workshop in Washington, DC to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students will have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress … Continue reading

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Joel Gratz, Founder of OpenSnow Creates 14er Forecast App

by Abigail Ahlert, CSTPR Science Writing Intern Meteorologist Joel Gratz takes weather prediction off the beaten path. Gratz, founder of the skier-beloved forecast company OpenSnow and alumnus of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) at the University … Continue reading

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Towards a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program for Colorado State Policymaking

The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder is leading a strategic planning process for a Science and Technology Policy Fellows (STPF) Program within the Colorado State Legislature and Executive Branch Agencies. The intended … Continue reading

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ITG Comedy and Climate Change Short Video Competition

Standing Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy (co-sponsored by The Center of the American West) 1st place: $400 prize 2nd place: $250 3rd place: $100 Competition Details Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate … Continue reading

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Drivers of adaptation: Responses to weather- and climate-related hazards in 60 local governments in the Intermountain Western U.S.

by Lisa Dilling, Elise Pizzi, John Berggren, Ashwin Ravikumar, and Krister Andersson Environment and Planning A, 2017 Abstract: Cities are key sites of action for adaptation to climate change. However, there are a wide variety of responses to hazards at … Continue reading

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Beyond Boulder: Students Video Polar Bears to Teach About Climate Change

CU Boulder Today January 2017 Graduate student Barbara MacFerrin had never seen a bear in the wild in Colorado. In November, she went to the Arctic and saw a dozen polar bears. As part of a team led by Jennifer … Continue reading

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Elite News Coverage of Climate Change

by Maxwell Boykoff and Gesa Luedecke Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Climate Science December 2016 During the past three decades, elite news media have become influential translators of climate change linking science, policy, and the citizenry. Historical trends in public discourse—shaped in … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: The First Step is Building Stronger Communities

Against a backdrop of accelerating climate effects, some deep changes are taking place culturally as well as operationally in our communities. As someone who’s very worried about the world we’re leaving our kids, Alan Townsend believes our first focus needs … Continue reading

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Changing Weather and Climate in Northern Ghana

Comparison of Local Perceptions with Meteorological and Land Cover Data by K. L. Dickinson, A. J. Monaghan, I. J. Rivera, L. Hu, E. Kanyomse, R. Alirigia, J. Adoctor, R. E. Kaspar, A. R. Oduro, and C. Wiedinmyer Regional Environmental Change December 26, 2016 Abstract: Local perspectives on changing … Continue reading

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Post-US Election & International Climate Talks: Climate Change Media Coverage Levels Off

Post-US Election & International Climate Talks: Climate Change Media Coverage Levels Off – Stay tuned for 2017 trends Updated through December 2016 The Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) monitors fifty sources across twenty-five countries in seven different regions around … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking in Ghana?

CSTPR research examines human behavior and cookstove use in West Africa CIRES News December 29, 2016 Close to half the world’s population cooks over an open fire every day. That’s hard on human health—people cooking over an open fire breathe … Continue reading

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Priority Schemes for Water Allocation in Australia and the Netherlands

by Steve Vanderheiden What can states do when their surface waters run short of the flows needed to satisfy water right schemes, and some valid claimants will need to be denied access?  Such is a likely scenario under conditions in … Continue reading

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Boulder Faculty Assembly Pass Resolution Calling for CU Engagement on Climate Change

In the December meeting of the Boulder Faculty Assembly at the University of Colorado, an overwhelming majority (29-1 w one abstention) passed a resolution calling on the University of Colorado to address climate change. In the contemporary environmental, political, social, … Continue reading

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Learn More About Climate Presents: Global Agreements and Local Solutions

by Leah Goldfarb, CSTPR Visiting Scholar How can we effectively communicate environmental policy decisions and legitimately leave people with a sense of agency and optimism? This was the question C3 Boulder: Climate Culture Collaborative asked at the closing of the … Continue reading

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Ogmius, Newsletter of CSTPR, Issue 45 is Now Out

Ogmius Issue #45, Fall 2016 This issue of Ogmius describes several new and ongoing initiatives at CSTPR including our recently created Radford Byerly, Jr. Award in Science and Technology Policy. It features articles by our two new writing interns, Abigail … Continue reading

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Prices, Peers and Perceptions: Studying a Community’s Adoption of Cleaner Cookware

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Writing Intern Three billion people, a little over half the world’s population, cook over open fires every day. Those of us with access to microwaves, toasters, rice cookers and waffle irons might not be able to … Continue reading

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Inside the Greenhouse Newsletter, Issue #6

Issue 6 | December 2016 Subscribe to ITG Newsletters Already in the Anthropocene, and entering into the Trumpocene on planet Earth, we find it more important than ever to work to meet people where they are and ‘re-tell climate change … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Max Boykoff: Climate Change and the Media

Boulder Magazine Winter/Spring 2016-2017 How much do you really know about climate change? And where does your information come from? For most of us, media is our primary source of what we know about the topic. And most of the … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: Nature’s Support Systems and Us

As an ecosystem biogeochemist at the University of Colorado Boulder, Eve Hinckley of CU Boulder studies the Earth’s life support systems, how they cycle naturally and how they’re affected by human development. Listen in as she tells us about her … Continue reading

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CU and the Boulder Climate Commitment

by Abigail Ahlert, CSTPR Science Writing Intern While Americans come to terms with divisive national politics, there’s still a lot of hope in city-scale climate action. This December, the Boulder City Council is expected to formally adopt the Boulder Climate … Continue reading

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The ‘get on with it’ Conference of Parties meeting in Marrakech

by Max Boykoff Partly in the shadow of the recent US election of Donald J. Trump, the United Nations Climate Negotiations here in Marrakech have pressed forward in the face of the existential threat of 21st century climate change. As … Continue reading

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Max Boykoff on Global Climate Talks: Moving Ahead

KGNU Science Show, How on Earth November 15, 2016 Max Boykoff – Global Climate Talks – Moving Ahead With or Without US Listen to Podcast While the world has held climate talks for 22 years (This is COP – Conference … Continue reading

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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Policy

Lessons Learned at the Local and State Levels from the Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm by Marisa McNatt In addition to potentially reducing U.S. carbon emissions, the available energy from U.S. offshore wind resources is twice as large as the … Continue reading

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