FEB 16, 2016 JESSICA BLACKBAND Photo: Jessica Blackband When I tell people that my undergraduate majors were environmental studies and philosophy, they usually respond with a confused look and a comment like, “Hmm, those are very different topics!” Of course, science and philosophy are fundamentally different in the questions they ask and in how they answer … Continue reading The Importance of Philosophy in Responding to Climate Change
JUL 20, 2015 ZACHARY SCHUSTER Source: Yale Project on Climate Change The biggest climate change news of 2015 has come from a rather unlikely source: The Vatican of Rome. On June 18th, 2015, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, or papal letter, entitled "Laudato si' on Care for Our Common Home." The encyclical combines Catholic tradition, Christian … Continue reading Pope Francis and Re-Framing the Discussion on Climate Change
JUL 7, 2015 ZACHARY SCHUSTER Source: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication The folks who did the renowned "Six Americas" study are back with more interesting data on opinions toward climate change and climate change adaptation. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has recently published a paper that breaks down opinions about climate change in … Continue reading Making Sense of Americans’ Opinions About Climate Change
MAY 20, 2014 ROSIE RECORDS Photo credit: ian.umces.edu The third U.S. National Climate Assessment report, released in early May, provides a national synthesis of climate change and its effects that are already being felt across multiple sectors within the U.S., including coastal flooding and extreme heat in the Northeast, shrinking summer sea ice and thawing permafrost … Continue reading 3rd National Climate Assessment Overview
NOV 4, 2013 CARINA WYBORN Photo: gettyimages.com While the Australian Government is currently denying the links between bushfires and climate change (sigh…), President Obama has just released an executive order titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change”. It outlines policy objectives, processes to “modernise” Federal programs, directives to Federal agencies who manage land … Continue reading Obama Moves on Adaptation
AUG 11, 2013 CARINA WYBORN I wrote this post after attending the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, where over 500 academics, advocates and practitioners came together to talk about the state of climate adaptation in the US. One night the screened James Balog’s ‘Chasing Ice’ an inspiring piece of extreme adventure science porn. The film is … Continue reading Extreme Science Porn But Where Are The Social Scientists?