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Is It Possible? A Future Where People and Nature Thrive

CIRES News October 2018 Can humans drive economic growth, meet rising demand for food, energy and water, and  make significant environmental progress? The short answer is “yes,” but it comes with several big “ifs.” New research shows that we can … Continue reading

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Open Access: The Way Forward for Academic Publishing

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writer Scientists: what if you knew one weird trick that would increase the number of times your paper was read, cited, and shared? What if that one maneuver also increased the impact your research had on the … Continue reading

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Adventures in London & How the World is Doing on Climate and Health

by Olivia Pearman Environmental Studies PhD Student, University of Colorado Boulder Last month, on September 4th and 5th, I had the good fortune to travel to London to attend the annual meeting of The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health … Continue reading

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Reconciling the Supply of and Demand for Research

by Roger Pielke, Jr. Founding CSTPR Director, CSTPR Faculty Affiliate and Professor at University of Colorado Boulder In 2006, as part of a major NSF research project on decision making under uncertainty, Dan Sarewitz and I published a paper outlining … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Climate Leadership

by Denise Fernandes Ph.D. Student, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder The Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September 2018 was an attempt to bring together diverse global initiatives on carbon emission reduction. It was space whereby all levels … Continue reading

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Elon Musk Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

by Matthew Burgess, CSTPR Core Faculty and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Ian Burgess, Co-Founder and CTO of Validere, recently named one of Canada’s 20 most innovative technology companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange Elon Musk has been in the news … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: A Tale of Three Storms – Mangkhut, Florence & Trump’s Tweets

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) September 2018 Summary September was a busy month for media attention to climate change and global warming. However, coverage across the globe decreased 8.5% from the previous month of August 2018, and was also … Continue reading

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Into the Wild – For Rain | Part I. British Columbia

National Geographic, August 2018 by Eve-Lyn S. Hinckley CSTPR Faculty Affiliate, National Geographic Explorer and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder The American Cordillera is a jigsaw of mountain ranges that curls southward from the Alaskan coast … Continue reading

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Forests of the Future: Why Private Landowners are a Key Piece of the Climate Challenge

by Angela Boag Angela Boag is a PhD Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder investigating the relationships between climate change, forest management and land ownership. She is the 2018 recipient of the Radford Byerly, Jr. Award in Science and Technology Policy. Angela … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: Morrison Installed, Clean Power Plan Uninstalled

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) August 2018 Summary In addition, North American coverage was up 27% in August, due primarily to media attention paid to the mid-month proposal by the US Trump Administration to replace the Clean Power Plan … Continue reading

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