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MeCCO Monthly Summary: The Ebbs and Flows in Media Coverage of Climate Change

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) October 2017 Summary October media attention to climate change and global warming was down just slightly (7%) throughout the world from the previous month of September 2017. This decrease was felt regionally in Africa, … Continue reading

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Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere in Shanghai

by Phaedra C. Pezzullo, CSTPR Faculty Affiliate In October, I traveled to Fudan University in Shanghai, China, to co-teach a course in environmental communication. The invitation was extended, in part, because I coauthored a textbook with three-time Sierra Club President … Continue reading

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The 15th Anniversary of CSTPR: Science and Technology Policy Research in a Unique Space

by Alison Gilchrist, CSTPR Science Writing Intern This year, the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) celebrates its fifteenth anniversary since being recognized as an official University center in 2002. In its fifteen years, CSTPR has weathered major … Continue reading

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Pointing to the Thawing Arctic, Scientists Spend a Week in Washington, DC to Connect Science to Policy

by Matthew Druckenmiller Research Scientist at NSIDC and CSTPR Research Affiliate The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, with implications spanning all defining characteristics: sea ice, land ice, permafrost, and cold-adapted communities and ecosystems. … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: Media Attention to Climate Change Up

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) September 2017 Summary September media attention to climate change and global warming was up throughout the world. Articles were up 34% globally from coverage in the previous month of August. Scaling down from the … Continue reading

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Assessing Doping Prevalence is Possible. So What Are We Waiting For?

In elite sports, science plays a crucial role in the implementation of anti-doping regulations. Doping refers to the taking of substances which have been banned due to their possible performance enhancing benefits to the athlete. The organization that oversees anti-doping … Continue reading

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Study Illuminates Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering

New research provides insight into people’s perceptions of large-scale climate manipulation technology CIRES News October 9, 2017 Many people expressed serious concerns when presented with the idea of deliberately manipulating Earth’s climate, according to a focus-group study conducted in four … Continue reading

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Wins and Losses at UCAR Tied to Capitol Hill

by Abigail Ahlert, CSTPR Science Writing Intern When I sat down to talk with Dr. Antonio Busalacchi on April 21st, there was one topic that I was sure would come up: The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 353). … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary for August 2017

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) August 2017 Summary August media attention to climate change and global warming marked a second consecutive month of lower coverage throughout the world. Articles were down 20% globally from coverage in the previous month … Continue reading

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Exploring the Multiple Subjectivities of Forest Carbon Offsets

What is a forest carbon offset, anyway? by Lauren Gifford Lauren Gifford is a PhD candidate in Geography. She was the first recipient of the Radford Byerly, Jr. Award in Science and Technology Policy. She used the grant, in part, to … Continue reading

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