Category Archives: New Publications

What Will Happen When a Self-Driving Car Kills a Bystander?

by CSTPR Visiting Scholar, Jack Stilgoe The Guardian June 24, 2017 As a social scientist researching emerging technologies, I am fascinated by the bumps, scrapes and abrupt turns of self-driving cars as they accelerate towards the market. Here is a … Continue reading

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Rural–Urban Differences in Cooking Practices and Exposures in Northern Ghana

by Wiedinmyer, C., K. Dickinson, R. Piedrahita, E. Kanyomse, E. Coffey, M. Hannigan, R. Alirigia, and A. Oduro Environmental Research Letters Volume 12, Number 6 (2017) Abstract: Key differences between urban and rural populations can influence the adoption and impacts … Continue reading

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Environment and the Media

by Gesa Luedecke and Maxwell T. Boykoff The International Encyclopedia of Geography (2017) D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. A. Marston (Eds.) [pdf] Excerpt: Media range from entertainment to news media, spanning traditional … 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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Anti-Immigrant Populism & Climate Change Denial

by Steve Vanderheiden The Critique January 15, 2017 As United States president-elect Donald Trump prepares his agenda for his first 100 days in office, for which he has promised and signaled significant change, analysts and pundits are left to speculate … Continue reading

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Drivers of adaptation: Responses to weather- and climate-related hazards in 60 local governments in the Intermountain Western U.S.

by Lisa Dilling, Elise Pizzi, John Berggren, Ashwin Ravikumar, and Krister Andersson Environment and Planning A, 2017 Abstract: Cities are key sites of action for adaptation to climate change. However, there are a wide variety of responses to hazards at … Continue reading

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Elite News Coverage of Climate Change

by Maxwell Boykoff and Gesa Luedecke Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Climate Science December 2016 During the past three decades, elite news media have become influential translators of climate change linking science, policy, and the citizenry. Historical trends in public discourse—shaped in … Continue reading

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Changing Weather and Climate in Northern Ghana

Comparison of Local Perceptions with Meteorological and Land Cover Data by K. L. Dickinson, A. J. Monaghan, I. J. Rivera, L. Hu, E. Kanyomse, R. Alirigia, J. Adoctor, R. E. Kaspar, A. R. Oduro, and C. Wiedinmyer Regional Environmental Change December 26, 2016 Abstract: Local perspectives on changing … Continue reading

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Spectacular Environmentalisms: Media, Knowledge and the Framing of Ecological Politics

by Michael Goodman, Jo Littler, Dan Brockington and Max Boykoff Part of a Special Issue co-edited by Max Boykoff in Environmental Communication, 2016 As we move firmly into the so-called Anthropocene – an era defined by human-induced global environmental change, … Continue reading

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Climate Justice Beyond International Burden Sharing

by Steven Vanderheiden Midwest Studies In Philosophy, 2016 Climate justice scholars have in recent years devoted considerable attention to the development and application of justice principles and frameworks to the architecture of global climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The … Continue reading

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Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation

Society is increasingly affected by climate impacts, from prolonged water shortages to damaging coastal floods and wildfires. Scientists studying climate variations are eager to have their knowledge used in adaptive decision making. To achieve this, science and society must engage … Continue reading

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Assessment of Cookstove Stacking in Northern Ghana Using Surveys and Stove Use Monitors

by R. Piedrahita, K.L. Dickinson, E. Kanyomse, E. Coffey, R. Alirigia, Y. Hagar, I. Rivera, A. Oduro, V. Dukic, C. Wiedinmyer, and M. Hannigan Energy for Sustainable Development Volume 34, October 2016 Abstract: Biomass burning for home energy use is … Continue reading

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Justice and Democracy in Climate Change Governance

by Steve Vanderheiden Taiwan Human Rights Journal, 2016 Abstract: Among the challenges posed by human-caused climate change are issues of justice and democracy, in how the environmental problem is expected to affect human social and economic systems and in the … 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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Two Problems of Climate Ethics: Can we Lose the Planet but Save Ourselves?

by CSTPR Alumni Alexander Lee and Jordan Kincaid Ethics, Policy & Environment June 2016 DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2016.1195559 A. Lee and J. Kincaid Climate change presents unprecedented challenges for the ethical community and society at large. The harms of climate change—real and … Continue reading

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The Influence of Religious Affiliation on Community Views about Environment, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy in and around the Mormon Culture Region

New Paper out by CSTPR alum Shawn K. Olson-Hazboun Society & Natural Resources June 2016 S. K. Olson-Hazboun, R. S. Krannich, and P. G. Robertson DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1185558 Abstract: While political ideology is a consistent predictor of public environmental views in … Continue reading

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Managing Carbon on Federal Public Lands: Opportunities and Challenges in Southwestern Colorado

by L. Dilling, K. C. Kelsey, D. P. Fernandez, Y. D. Huang, J. B. Milford, and J. C. Neff Environmental Management June 2016 Abstract: Federal lands in the United States have been identified as important areas where forests could be … Continue reading

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Ogmius, Newsletter of CSTPR, Issue 43 is Now Out

Ogmius Issue #43, Spring 2016 Ogmius Exchange CSTPR Welcomes Max Boykoff as Director by Dan Zietlow, CSTPR Writing Intern The CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) is pleased to announce Max Boykoff as its new Director. Professor … Continue reading

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The Role of U.S. States in Facilitating Effective Water Governance Under Stress and Change

Water Resources Research April 2016 by Christine Kirchhoff and Lisa Dilling Abstract: Worldwide water governance failures undermine effective water management under uncertainty and change. Overcoming these failures requires employing more adaptive, resilient water management approaches; yet, while scholars have advance … Continue reading

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Willingness to Pay for Mosquito Control in Key West, Florida and Tucson, Arizona

by Katherine L. Dickinson, Mary H. Hayden, Steven Haenchen, Andrew J. Monaghan, Kathleen R. Walker and Kacey C. Ernst American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2016) 94 (4) 775-779, doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0666 Abstract: Mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus (WNV) and dengue … Continue reading

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Adapting Livelihoods to Floods and Droughts in Arid Kenya: Local Perspectives and Insights

Product of CSTPR’s Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC) internship program by Amy Quandt and Yunus Antony Kimathi African Journal of Rural Development Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp.  51-60, Published March 25 2016 Abstract: Adaptation of rural livelihoods to … Continue reading

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Adaptation, Invited Contribution to Research Handbook on Climate Governance

by Lisa Dilling Chapter 41 in Research Handbook on Climate Governance Edited by Karin Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand Edward Elgar Publishing Abstract: As it becomes clearer that the earth is ‘committed’ to a certain amount of climate change despite greenhouse … Continue reading

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Teaching Millennials to Engage THE Environment Instead of THEIR Environment: A Pedagogical Analysis

by J. Richard Stevens and Deserai Anderson Crow Applied Environmental Education & Communication Volume 15, Issue 1, 2016 Abstract: This article examines the difficulty in teaching contemporary students of journalism (those in the much-discussed Millennial Generation) to report on complex … Continue reading

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Environmental and Climate Justice

by Steve Vanderheiden The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016) Edited by John M. Meyer, Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, and David Schlosberg This chapter surveys the origin and development of environmental justice discourse from its early use as a … 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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Rights, Rules, and Respect for Nature

by Benjamin Hale Chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics Edited by S. M. Gardiner and A. Thompson (2016) DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199941339.013.19 For years, many people have believed that the only reasonable way to approach a problem of environmental concern … Continue reading

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Learning in the Aftermath of Extreme Floods: Community Damage and Stakeholder Perceptions of Future Risk

Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy Volume 6, Issue 3 by Elizabeth A. Albright and Deserai A. Crow Abstract: Policy learning in the aftermath of extreme events can happen as a result of changes in beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and … Continue reading

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How Competing Securitized Discourses Over Land Appropriation are Constructed: The Promotion of Solar Energy in the Israeli Desert

by Itay Fischhendler, Dror Boymel & Maxwell T. Boykoff Environmental Communication Volume 10, Issue 2 (2016) Abstract: Although solar farms are often favorably received by the public due to their contribution to clean energy, they are not conflict-free. In various … Continue reading

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Technology Assessment as Political Myth?

by Roger Pielke, Jr. Chapter in The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment Proceedings from the PACITA 2015 Conference in Berlin Edited by C. Scherz, T. Michalek, L. Hennen, L. Hebáková, J. Hahn, and S. B. Seitz This short paper considers … Continue reading

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Special Issue of Ethics, Policy and Environment on COP21

A special issue (18.2) of Ethics, Policy, & Environment (co-edited by CSTPR’s Benjamin Hale and George Mason University’s Andrew Light) is now out: COP 20 Lima: The Ethical Dimension of Climate Negotiations on the Way to Paris-Issues, Challenges, Prospects guest … Continue reading

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Exploring Multiple Ontologies of Drought in Agro-Pastoral Regions of Northern Tanzania: A Topological Approach

Royal Geographical Society, Area 2015 by Mara J Goldman, Meaghan Daly, and Eric J. Lovell Abstract: There has been increased focus within the human dimensions of climate change on understanding the complex and multiple ways of ‘knowing’ climate. While these … Continue reading

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The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center and the Decision Making Process

Western Water Assessment White Paper 2015 by Roberta Klein and Lisa Dilling The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) operates a network of thirteen River Forecast Centers (RFCs) across the country with the intended purpose of providing … Continue reading

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Environmental Rulemaking Across States: Process, Procedural Access, and Regulatory Influence

by Deserai A. Crow, Elizabeth A. Albright, and Elizabeth Koebele Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy doi: 10.1177/0263774X15606922 September 30, 2015 Abstract: Rulemaking is central to policymaking in the United States. Additionally, regulatory authority is devolved to the states … Continue reading

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Assessing Outputs, Outcomes, and Barriers in Collaborative Water Governance: A Case Study

by Elizabeth A. Koebele Universities Council on Water Resources Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education Issue 155, Pages 63-72 July 2015 Abstract: As freshwater supplies become increasingly threatened by overuse, pollution, and changes in climate, governing bodies have begun … 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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What is wrong with US universities producing millionaire sportsmen for the NFL?

Sporting Intelligence September 15, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. Intercollegiate sports in the United States are as much a part of universities as math and physics, and the start of the 2015 NFL season is as good a time as any … Continue reading

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Communicating Mega-Projects in the Face of Uncertainties: Israeli Mass Media Treatment of the Dead Sea Water Canal

by Itay Fischhendler, Galit Cohen-Blankshtain, Yoav Shuali, and Maxwell Boykoff Public Understanding of Science October 2015 vol. 24 no. 7 794-810 Abstract: Given the potential for uncertainties to influence mega-projects, this study examines how mega-projects are deliberated in the public arena. … Continue reading

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Information, Resources, and Management Priorities: Agency Outreach and Mitigation of Wildfire Risk in the Western United States

by Deserai A. Crow, Lydia A. Lawhon, Elizabeth Koebele, Adrianne Kroepsch, Rebecca Schild, and Juhi Huda Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy Vol. 6, No. 1 States in the American West are experiencing significant population growth and exurban development, … Continue reading

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FIFA presidential candidate seeking true reform? Here’s your checklist

by Roger Pielke, Jr. Sporting Intelligence August 3, 2015 After flirting with the possibility of trying to stay on, it looks like FIFA President Sepp Blatter will indeed be standing down early next year. Blatter has announced that FIFA will … Continue reading

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Keeping Score at FIFA

by Roger Pielke, Jr. Transparency International August 10, 2015 As the presidential candidates start jostling to take over from beleaguered Sepp Blatter at FIFA, here I provide an update of my “FIFA Reform Scorecard” to set the stage for evaluating … Continue reading

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Catching Fire? Social Interactions, Beliefs, and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Behaviors

Society & Natural Resources Volume 28, Issue 8, 2015 by Katherine Dickinson, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Patricia Champ, and Nicholas Flores Abstract: Social interactions are widely recognized as a potential influence on risk-related behaviors. We present a mediation model in which social … 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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How Do Organisations Clean Up After Corruption Scandals?

Transparency International July 24, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. Hisao Tanaka, president of Toshiba Corporation, and two top executives resigned after an independent investigation found that earnings had been improperly inflated by US$1.2 billion under his watch. Simultaneously, FIFA’s president … 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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‘Sprinters Don’t Improve After 30. Gatlin’s Feats Are … Incredible’

Sporting Intelligence July 20, 2015 by Roger Pielke, Jr. The fastest time in the 100m in 2015 so far belongs to Justin Gatlin, the American sprinter twice sanctioned for doping violations. That Gatlin has come back from suspension during 2006 … 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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New eBook: Pielke’s Bridges Column 2005-2014

For 10 years, 2005-2014 Roger Pielke, Jr.  wrote a quarterly column for Bridges, a newsletter on science policy by the staff of the Office of Science & Technology at the Austrian embassy in Washington, DC.  All of Pielke’s columns have … Continue reading

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Learning Processes, Public and Stakeholder Engagement: Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013

Urban Climate July 14, 2015 by Elizabeth A. Albright and Deserai A. Crow Abstract: In early fall of 2013 in the Front Range of Colorado, several communities experienced intense rainfall over a three-day period, exceeding annual average precipitation rates. Extensive … Continue reading

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Wildfire Outreach and Citizen Entrepreneurs in the Wildland–Urban Interface: A Cross-Case Analysis in Colorado

by Elizabeth Koebele, Deserai A. Crow, Lydia A. Lawhon, Adrianne Kroepsch, Rebecca Schild & Katherine Clifford Society & Natural Resources July 13, 2015 Abstract: Due to rapid growth in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the risk to lives and property from … 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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