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Crisis Response and the Standing of Expert Knowledge

by Steve VanderheidenCSTPR Core Faculty and Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies Photo above: A nurse wears protective gear at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Seattle on March 17, 2020. Photo: Brian Snyder, Reuters. As I write this, the University … Continue reading

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Ecological Economics, Dangerous Ideas, and Academic Freedom

by Matthew BurgessCSTPR Core Faculty and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Few things make me appreciate the importance of leaving space for discussing dangerous ideas—without fear of reprisal or censorship—in academia than teaching ecological economics and interacting with ecological economists. … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: Experts Say Climate Change is Expected to Bring More of the Same

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO)February 2020 Summary February media attention to climate change and global warming at the global level decreased 12% from January 2020 coverage, but was up 62% from the previous February 2019. Regionally, stories in February 2020 … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: If You Think You’ve Heard This Story Before, You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO)January 2020 Summary January media attention to climate change and global warming at the global level increased slightly from December 2019 coverage, up about 4%. Yet compared to a year earlier (January 2019), the number of … Continue reading

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It’s 2020, and Time To Celebrate (and Protect) Academic Climate Advocacy for Evidence and Facts

by Maxwell BoykoffDirector, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder CSTPR White Paper 2020-01 Introduction (to a Fraught Situation)‘Advocacy’ in academia has unfortunately become a dirty word in many quarters. … Continue reading

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Is There an Energy Partisan Divide?

Look to the States to Understand Renewable Energy in the U.S. by Kathleen HancockCSTPR Faculty Affiliate, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines Photos by Kathleen Hancock The United States seems to be regressing when it comes to renewable energy with … Continue reading

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MeCCO 2019 Year End Retrospective

Special Issue 2019A Review of Media Coverage of Climate Change and Global Warming in 2019 JanuaryFebruaryMarch AprilMayJune JulyAugustSeptember OctoberNovemberDecember 2019 has been an important year in which climate change and global warming fought for media attention amid competing interests in … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound: Learning Leadership in and from Antarctica

by Cassandra Brooks and Justine Shaw Icy wind from the Antarctic continent stings our faces as we crouch in the zodiacs straining to hear the crackling of the ice. Water rises and falls around us as if it’s breathing. Small … Continue reading

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MeCCO Monthly Summary: The New Normal

Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO)October 2019 Summary October media attention to climate change and global warming went down 8% from record levels of coverage in September 2019. However, it was still up 48% throughout the world from October 2018. While … Continue reading

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Drawdown, Act Up!

Youth Performance for Communicating Drawdown Solutions to Climate Change at the Drawdown Learn Conference by Beth OsnesCSTPR Faculty Affiliate and Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado “What did the scientist say to the 1950s … Continue reading

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