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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More Than Scientists: Optimism, family, helping others …

With a big focus on family and helping others, Phil Talyor of INSTAAR shares his philosophy of life and optimism! [video] In this Inside the Greenhouse project, Fall semester ‘Climate and Film’ (ATLS 3519/EBIO 4460) students and Spring semester ‘Creative … Continue reading

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2017 Radford Byerly, Jr. Award in Science and Technology Policy

In 2002, testifying before the Committee on Science in the US House of Representatives in a hearing on ‘New Directions for Climate Research and Technology Initiatives’, Rad Byerly quipped “Politics is not a dirty word. In a democracy it is … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists: I wish I could just scream and let everybody know how big this is!

A first-hand report as Mike MacFerrin at University of Colorado Boulder shows us extraordinary ice melt on Greenland. What will be the effects of the changing climate and what gives him hope? [video] In this Inside the Greenhouse project, Fall … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: I Do Have Hope For The Future

Seeing and studying the environmental change around us gives Carol Wessman of CU Boulder a very intimate connection to the environment. And being among all the students at CU and seeing their skills and talent gives her hope and trust … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: It’s An Exciting Time To Be Young

Following a historical perspective from the first early global warming forecasts, Brian Toon looks to us for solutions. And with so many opportunities to work on important problems, he suggests it’s an exciting time for young people to choose a … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: Snow and Ice – Disappearing Before Our Very Eyes

A world without snow is hard to imagine. Of course we’ll always have some, but for someone who’s always loved the outdoors and studies snow and ice cover, the losses we’re seeing are hard. Jen Kay of CIRES talks about … Continue reading

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CU Boulder Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program

Improving Environmental Communication and Adaptation Decision-making in the Humanitarian Sector Application Deadline:  Thursday December 15, 2016 Submit your application to redcross@colorado.edu CU-Boulder has partnered with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC) to place graduate students in locations in … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: The Question is How Rapidly and How Large

Kevin Trenberth, distinguished scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explains that the issue isn’t that the climate is changing — it’s really how rapidly it’s changing and how large those changes are.  [video] In this Inside the Greenhouse … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: The World’s Best Dad by Waleed Abdalati

The conversation about climate starts with “We all care about our kids. How do we ensure the best future?” To Waleed Abdalati, former NASA Chief Scientist and director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, it doesn’t start … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: Through the Eyes of His Grandkids by Jim White

With the wisdom of years, Jim White of INSTAAR and University of Colorado Boulder reflects on the world he’s leaving his kids and grandkids. If you want a moving reflection of someone who’s devoted his life to studying the climate … Continue reading

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The Science Coalition Videos

AAAS CASE Workshop 2016 Competition Winners Sarah Welsh-Huggins and Angela Boag, CU-Boulder, discuss why science should matter to the presidential candidates.Watch the videos: Sarah Welsh-Huggins [0:27] Angela Boag [0:22]

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Webcast Now Available for CSTPR Seminar on Transformative Learning Networks

Insights From Four Case Studies of Networks National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLNet) Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) Watch the webcast Bruce Evan Goldstein, University of … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: My Little Icecap Is Almost Gone, It’s Dying!

“We are destined for a warmer world. We are committed at this point.” An old hand studying climate, Mark Serreze at the National Snow and Ice Data Center reflects on the big changes he’s seen first-hand over the past 30 … Continue reading

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CSTPR Welcomes Dr. Jessica Rich, CIRES Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessica Rich, Ph.D., joins the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research as a CIRES Post-Doctoral Research Fellow through August 2018. Jessica studies the relationships between labor and the natural environment in conflicts over oil and gas drilling in the … Continue reading

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Inside the Greenhouse Newsletter, Issue #5

Issue 5 | September 2016 Subscribe to ITG Newsletters The hot summer of 2016 has been productive for us Inside the Greenhouse. Highlights included the successful continuation of our summer internship programs, collaboration with ‘Lens on Climate Change’ and the … Continue reading

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More Than Scientists Video: What Do Aerial Dancing and Climate Science Have in Common?

What do aerial dancing and climate science have in common? For Valerie Morris @INSTAAR, a lot. And in this quick video with both, she describes a critical consequence of greenhouse gases – warming continues to intensify well after they’re emitted! … Continue reading

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Ogmius, Newsletter of CSTPR, Issue 44 is Now Out

Ogmius Issue #44, Summer 2016 Ogmius Exchange “Social-Impact Network” For Wildfire Adaptation by Daniel W. Zietlow, Ph.D., CSTPR Writing Intern The following article — A “Social-Impact Network for Wildfire Adaptation” — describes the research of one of our new core … Continue reading

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