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Recycled Runway Challenges Colorado’s Youth to Design Eco-Friendly Haute Couture

303 Magazine April 21, 2017 Now in its eighth year, The Common Threads Creative Lab’s Recycled Runway has become a staple event for the community’s fashionable and eco-conscious youth. During Tuesday’s sold-out show, more than 30 young designers strutted the … Continue reading

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From Trash to Treasure – Telling the Story of Sustainability

CU Boulder Today April 20, 2017 by Kristin Agnes While plaid and shearling were all the buzz on the fall 2017 fashion runways in New York and Milan earlier this year, Boulder took a different approach to fashion trends: promoting … 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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‘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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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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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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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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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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They may not like it, but scientists must work with Donald Trump

Jack Stilgoe and Roger Pielke Jr: As they recover from Donald Trump’s shock victory, US scientists must ask themselves three big questions. The Guardian November 11, 2016 Donald Trump has won. Science and scientists played almost no part in the … Continue reading

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AI for President

IEEE Spectrum August 10, 2016 Zoltan Istvan, who represents the Transhumanist Party and bills himself as “the science candidate” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has garnered more media coverage than many third party candidates, with recent mentions in Vocativ, … Continue reading

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When Does Truth Trump Bias?

JSTOR Daily August 2, 2016 The Washington Post editorial board recently released a scathing op-ed calling Republican nominee Donald J. Trump a national problem. Citing his Republican National Convention speech and messaging, the board notes that despite the board’s desire to remain neutral … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Easy Being Green — Just Ask Those Who Are

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and Brittany Patterson, E&E reporters ClimateWire July 5, 2016 How small must a climate scientist’s carbon footprint be? How about a celebrity who calls for environmental protection? Or a politician? Champions of the environment say they try … Continue reading

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The Latest Climate Change Doubters: Shareholders

Reuters Westlaw June 13, 2016 Corporate shareholders are rejecting efforts to compel energy companies to report on how they contribute to climate change, even as the United States and other countries agree to work to limit rising global temperatures. The … Continue reading

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Citizen ‘Sparkplugs’ Can Reduce Red-Zone Fire Danger

Study finds that busy government agencies get help from individuals who motivate neighbors to protect homes from wildfire Deserai Crow’s “Wildfire Outreach and Citizen Entrepreneurs in the Wildland-Urban Interface: A Cross-Case Analysis in Colorado” was the subject of an article … Continue reading

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Climate Change Doubters Really Aren’t Going to Like This Study

Washington Post May 18, 2016 Researchers have designed an inventive test suggesting that the arguments commonly used by climate change contrarians don’t add up, not only according to climate scientists (we know what they think already) but also in the view of … Continue reading

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Boulder Releases Draft on ‘Resiliency’ Plan to Bolster Preparedness

Daily Camera April 28, 2016 This decade has seen Boulder and surrounding communities faced with profound dangers posed by wildfire, flood and even a degree of social upheaval as its residents struggle to cope with quality of life factors sometimes … Continue reading

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Most Americans Say Climate Changing, Humans to Blame

The Desert Sun April 19, 2016 by Sammy Roth If you’ve heard the presidential candidates talk about climate change, you’d probably guess it’s one of America’s most divisive issues. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have described global warming as one … Continue reading

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Why Did Paris Climate Summit Get Less Press Coverage Than Copenhagen?

Climate Home March 7, 2016 by Alex Pashley Paris excelled where Copenhagen bombed. It clinched a universal pact to tackle climate change. But the world’s media were apparently less impressed. A research group at the University of Colorado Boulder’s tracking … Continue reading

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The NFL Needs Distance From Its Brain-Injury Funding

by Roger Pielke, Jr. Wall Street Journal February 21, 2016 By all means, keep funding concussion studies, but step back and let independent science take its course. Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers was the second-most-watched … Continue reading

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Five questions for Roger Pielke Jr.

CU Connections February 18, 2016 Science professor discovers game changer in frontier of sports governance You might know Roger Pielke Jr. as a University of Colorado Boulder environmental studies professor, Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences … Continue reading

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What’s Missing at the U.N. Climate Panel’s Meeting on Climate Change Communication

New York Time Dot Earth February 8, 2016 by Andrew C. Revkin In a 2011 post on the limits of climate science communication in shifting public policies or personal behaviors, I called myself a “recovering denialist,” laying out my reasoning … Continue reading

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The Value of “Basic Research”?

New Heads for New People February 2, 2016 Jackie Sojico and Malcolm Rosenthal talk about what happens when science leaves the lab and ends up in the real world. Roger Pielke, Jr. is interviewed on the history and politics of … Continue reading

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Climate Debate Heats Up After 2015 Described As Warmest Year On Record

Washington Times January 20, 2016 Federal climate scientists announced Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year on record, simultaneously heating up another round in the global-warming debate as climate skeptics quickly challenged the findings. Even as the East Coast braced … Continue reading

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Do We Need a New Green Revolution?

UC Davis’ Pamela Ronald, CU Boulder’s Roger Pielke, Jr., and Arizona State’s Daniel Sarewitz — weigh in below. The Breakthrough Institute January 7, 2016 Earlier this week, Phillip A. Sharp and Alan Leshner argued in the New York Times that … Continue reading

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A Dispatch from the Paris Climate Conference: Part Deux

CIRES News December 16, 2015 The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (also known as COP21 – the 21st meeting of the conference of parties ) ended with an agreement this past Saturday. Several of our CIRES and NOAA colleagues attended the … Continue reading

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How fast can the world decarbonize?

The Week December 15, 2015 by Jeff Spross This weekend, international leaders managed to hammer out a deal for how to tackle climate change. And on the surface, it’s not hard to see why naysayers on both the left and … Continue reading

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A Climate of Change in Media Coverage?

by Dr. Gesa Luedecke Climate Matters December 15, 2015 My twitter account has slowed down during the second week of COP21. Was it because no one had new stories to tell from Paris? Did my contacts all leave the conference? … Continue reading

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Lisa Dilling on KGNU Science Show: Beyond Cop21Paris

Beyond Cop21Paris: Climate Science & Policy How on Earth KGNU Science Show December 8, 2015 Changing Climate, Changing Policy (start time: 7:06): As political leaders are still hammering out an accord at the UN Climate Summit, or COP21, in Paris, … Continue reading

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Creative Climate Communications at COP21

by Max Boykoff Inside the Greenhouse December 5, 2015 Despite a current ban on a ban on public demonstrations the Paris area – and particularly around the Champs-Elysees in central Paris and in Le Bourget through the end of next … Continue reading

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Do the Mainstream Media Tell the Full Story? A Critical Account of Coverage at COP21

by Maxwell Boykoff Climate Matters December 3, 2015 Do you need a ticket to COP21 in order to get the full story of what goes on? A week ago in Bilbao Spain, this provocative question was posed by Dr. Unai Pascual to … Continue reading

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Coloradans on Hand for Climate Change Summit in Paris

9News November 30, 2015 Dozens of people from Colorado are now in Paris, along with 50,000 others, for the 21st annual Conference of Parties, known as COP-21. President Barack Obama is among the world leaders from nearly every country on … Continue reading

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Global Warming Doesn’t Exacerbate Wildfires, Obama’s Policies Do

The Libertarian Republic November 12, 2015 by Andrew Follett Scientists and lawmakers are placing the blame for recent wildfires on President Barack Obama’s policies, not global warming. “Our nation’s forests are sick and flammable, but they don’t have to be. … Continue reading

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Climate Change Adding Billions to U.S. Hurricane Costs

by Doyle Rice USA Today October 19, 2015 The cost of U.S. hurricane damage has increased dramatically from 1900 to 2005 as a result of man-made climate change, an economic study released Monday concludes. “The rise in losses is consistent … Continue reading

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Gov. Brown’s Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires is Unsupported, Fire Experts Say

by Paige St. John Los Angeles Times October 18, 2015 The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a … Continue reading

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NOAA Funds CU-Boulder-Based Western Water Assessment For Another Five Years

CU News Center October 8, 2015 In 2013, the torrents of water that poured out of the mountains, ripping up roads and inundating Boulder, Lyons, Longmont and other Front Range communities, also resulted in a deluge of questions. Both the … Continue reading

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FIFA Corruption: What Sepp Blatter Probe Means For Michel Platini, Presidential Election

International Business Times September 28, 2015 by Thomas Barrabi As Sepp Blatter’s long, dubious run at FIFA’s helm appears near its conclusion this week amid a Swiss criminal investigation, his former ally-turned-likely-successor, Michel Platini, hasn’t escaped the fallout. The allegations … Continue reading

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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is Falling Down on the Job

Denver Post September 19, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. The NFL season is finally underway after an off season focused on deflated footballs. The so-called “Deflategate” controversy started with an allegation that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots intentionally … Continue reading

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150 Shortlisted for EC’s Science Advisory Group

University World News September 19, 2015 by Jan Petter Myklebust More than 150 names have been put forward for membership of the high level group of scientific advisors being created under a new system for providing independent scientific advice in … Continue reading

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CU Aims to be Leader in Research of Sports Issues

by Kyle Ringo Daily Camera August 30, 2015 CU Boulder Press Release CU-Boulder Department of Athletics Explores Creation of Sports Governance Center Not long after he took over as athletic director at Colorado in 2013, Rick George and senior women’s … Continue reading

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The Elephant Podcast: Climate Change and the Media

Max Boykoff was interviewed in an audio podcast on climate change and the media. The Elephant: Climate Change and the Media July 30, 2015 by Kevin Caners Description The Elephant is a journey into the biggest story there is – … Continue reading

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Who Should Be Allowed to Compete as a Female Athlete?

New York Times July 29, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. Should the size and shape of a woman’s breasts be considered factors in whether she is allowed to participate in elite athletic competitions like the Olympic Games? It sounds a … Continue reading

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If We Discover Extraterrestrial Life, What Happens Next?

The Guardian July 23, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. The search for extraterrestrial life is seen as one of pure curiosity. But, as in other areas of science, we should worry about the consequences of success. Fifty years ago the … Continue reading

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Analysis: U.S. Soccer Raises More Questions Than Answers in Senate Hearing

USA Today July 17, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. The U.S. Senate did something Wednesday that it has never done before. No, not voting itself a pay cut. It held a hearing on the governance of soccer, and it raised … Continue reading

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Is Science Policy a Theological Matter?

by Roger Pielke, Jr. The Guardian June 23, 2015 With his latest statement on science, technology and the environment, Pope Francis has sought to change the debate on climate change. But his statement has broader significance for the way we … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up FIFA Only Starts With Sepp Blatter’s Departure

USA Today June 8, 2015 by Rachel Axon For the past two weeks, FIFA has been mired in the biggest, and latest, scandal — unsurprising given a history that’s tied soccer with corruption since the organization’s early years. Faced with … Continue reading

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A Hiatus on “Hiatus”: How Global Warming Cranks Influence Legitimate Science

Slate Magazine June 5, 2015 by Eric Holthaus On Thursday a new study led by the director of the leading U.S. climate data center was the latest to show evidence that global warming is—shocker—continuing. My Slate colleague Phil Plait has … Continue reading

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At The Heart Of FIFA’s Troubles: Accountability, CU Boulder Prof Says

Colorado Public Radio Colorado Matters June 4, 2015 Roger Pielke Jr. speaks with Ryan Warner For years, CU Boulder political scientist and soccer fan Roger Pielke Jr. has attempted to sound the alarm on international soccer’s governing body, FIFA. In … Continue reading

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FIFA Can Still Save Itself: Release the Garcia Report

Newsweek June 2, 2015 by Kurt Eichenwald With great fanfare, the Justice Department unveiled on May 27 a criminal indictment declaring that the organization responsible for the worldwide regulation and promotion of soccer is a racketeering enterprise, infused with corruption, … Continue reading

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What Makes Sports Bodies Like FIFA “Fertile For Corruption”?

Euronews June 1, 2015 by Chris Harris International sports bodies like FIFA have “poor governance and are fertile settings for corruption to take root”, according to a report published by Transparency International. Such organisations lag behind states, businesses and charities … Continue reading

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Fixing FIFA Not An Easy Goal

CBC Sports May 28, 2015 by Andre Mayer Bribery, match-fixing, fraud — for years now, FIFA has played defence against allegations of corruption. But on Wednesday, soccer’s governing body was dealt arguably its most damaging blow, when Swiss authorities arrested … Continue reading

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