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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jeff O’Neil, Legislative Assistant to US Congressman Ed Perlmutter

Augusto González has joined CSTPR through December 2016 while he is on an EU Fellowship from the European Commission in Brussels. Below is a portion of a blog post from Augusto’s Exploring Space Commercialisation in Colorado Blog. Congressman Ed Perlmutter … Continue reading

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Drilling Narratives, Self-Government, and the Rights of Nature

by Jessica Rich, CIRES/CSTPR Postdoctoral Research Associate Photo above: Strip mining site in the Ohio Valley, USA. Credit: Jessica Rich. Over the past five years, I studied the narratives that emerged from conflicts over oil and gas drilling across the … Continue reading

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BoBW 2016: Recent Trends in Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development

by Lee Frankel-Goldwater On September 26th, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend and present at the Best of Both World’s Conference on Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable development at YMCA in Estes Park just outside of Boulder. Driving … Continue reading

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AGU Chairs Caucus to Support Earth and Space Science in the House

by Abigail Ahlert, Science Writing Intern The House of Representatives is getting a bad reputation when it comes to science. But there are a few Representatives—11 out of 435, to be exact—that are formally pushing for broader awareness and funding … Continue reading

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Mountains of Possibilities

by Beth Osnes Inside the Greenhouse and Theatre & Dance Department, CU Boulder I’m on the RTD Skyride bus coming home to Boulder and, like every time I come home to Colorado, I am blown away by the majesty and … Continue reading

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Augusto González On EU Space Policy

by Alison Gilchrist,  Science Writing Intern On October 12th at noon, Augusto González will give a seminar (available via webcast) at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) about the European Union and space: the history of Europe’s space policy, … Continue reading

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CSTPR Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy

How do science and technology affect policymaking? How does policymaking affect science and technology? by Abigail Ahlert, Science Writing Intern For the past 12 years, the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy program has been helping people explore these … Continue reading

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Co-Producing Actionable Science for Water Utilities

by Jason Vogel, Elizabeth McNie, David Behar Climate Services, 2016 Our recent paper, “Co-producing actionable science for water utilities” (Vogel et al., 2016), examined how four water utilities in New York City, Portland, Seattle, and Tampa Bay, all members of … Continue reading

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AAAS CASE Workshop Competition Panel Discussion

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Writing Intern On September 28th from noon-1:00 pm, the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) will host a panel discussion about the “Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” (CASE) workshop. Organized by The American … Continue reading

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Prometheus 2.0 & Our Common Future

We here in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) recognize that we are in both urgent and opportune times. Science, technology, and policy issues are as pressing, dynamically changing and important as ever. As evidence of this, … Continue reading

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Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion

Augusto González has joined CSTPR through December 2016 while he is on an EU Fellowship from the European Commission in Brussels. Below is a portion of a blog post from Augusto’s Exploring Space Commercialisation in Colorado Blog. On August 17th … Continue reading

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Revamping Prometheus

by Abigail Ahlert, CSTPR Writing Intern In 2004, blogging was in its infancy. According to Google Trends, online interest in blogs was at a mere 16% of its eventual peak in 2009. Social networks that help people share their blogs … Continue reading

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Augusto González: Newcomer in Boulder

Augusto González has joined CSTPR through December 2016 while he is on an EU Fellowship from the European Commission in Brussels. This is my first post on my EU Fellowship at University of Colorado, Boulder. Like all EU fellows, I … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field: Moving Forward Together – A Presentation of Findings to the Zambia Red Cross Society

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Gladfelter Zambia, August 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation and … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field in Zambia: Early Warnings for Floods

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Gladfelter Zambia, August 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation and … Continue reading

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Notes From the Field: Anticipating Disaster – Formal Climate Information vs. Traditional Ways of Knowing Floods and Droughts

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Gladfelter Zambia, August 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation and … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field: Zambia Humanitarian Actors Platform – Establishing a Space for Sharing Best Practices and Influencing National Policy

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Gladfelter Zambia, July 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation and … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field: Community Action Plans – Learning the Art of Compromise in Serving Local Visions

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Gladfelter – Zambia July 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation and … Continue reading

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Notes from the Field: Adaptive Small Scale Farming on the Zambezi River Floodplain

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program by Sierra Glatfelter – Zambia June 2016 In Zambia, Sierra is supporting the monitoring and evaluation component of the ‘City Learning Lab processes’ Zambia Red Cross Society program. This includes supporting the facilitation … Continue reading

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