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Recent Publications

The following represents a sample of the numerous publications authored by Center staff.  For a complete, searchable list, with online versions of most articles, visit our Publications page.

Max Boykoff

Indian media representations of climate change in a threatened journalistic ecosystemBoykoff, M., 2010. Indian media representations of climate change in a threatened journalistic ecosystem, Climatic Change, Vol. 99, pp. 17-25.

Abstract:  As 2010 unfolds, environmental journalism around the world is fraught with capacity challenges to collectively cover complex and dynamic stories at the human– environment interface. Recent years have seen significant reductions in journalistic ecosystem services. Examples abound: CNN slashed their entire science, technology, and environment reporting unit; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer discontinued their print run; the Los Angeles Times had cut their newsroom staff in half in the last dozen years; the Rocky Mountain News shuttered their doors altogether. It has been estimated that approximately 25% of the news industry’s workforce has been cut since 2001. Read more ...

Boykoff, M., 2009. Carbonundrums: Making sense of media influence on climate science and policy, Chapter 39 in: S. Schneider, A. Rosencranz, and M. Mastrandrea (eds.), Climate Change Science & Policy, Island Press, pp. 397-404.

Boykoff, M., 2009. Introduction, Chapter in: Boykoff, M. (ed.), The Politics of Climate Change: A Survey, Routledge, pp. 3-10.

Boykoff, M., Goodman, M. and I. Curtis, 2009. The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Interactions in Everyday Spaces, Chapter in: M. Boykoff (ed.), The Politics of Climate Change: A Survey, Routledge, pp. 136-154.

Bottrill, C., Liverman, D., and Boykoff, M., 2010. Carbon soundings: greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry, Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 5.

Carbon soundings: greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industryAbstract: Over the past decade, questions regarding how to reduce human contributions to climate change have become more commonplace and non-nation state actors—such as businesses, non-government organizations, celebrities—have increasingly become involved in climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. For these dynamic and rapidly expanding spaces, this letter provides an accounting of the methods and findings from a 2007 assessment of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK music industry. The study estimates that overall GHG emissions associated with the UK music market are approximately 540 000 t CO2e per annum. Music recording and publishing accounted for 26% of these emissions (138 000 t CO2e per annum), while three-quarters (74%) derived from activities associated with live music performances (400 000 t CO2e per annum). These results have prompted a group of music industry business leaders to design campaigns to reduce the GHG emissions of their supply chains. The study has also provided a basis for ongoing in-depth research on CD packaging, audience travel, and artist touring as well as the development of a voluntary accreditation scheme for reducing GHG emissions from activities of the UK music industry. Read more ...


Roger Pielke, Jr.

Major change is needed if the IPCC hopes to survivePielke, Jr., R. A., 2010. Major Change Is Needed If the IPCC Hopes to Survive, Yale Environment 360, 25 February.

Abstract: Well before the recent controversies, the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was marred by an unwillingness to listen to dissenting points of view, an inadequate system for dealing with errors, conflicts of interest, and political advocacy. The latest allegations of inaccuracies should be an impetus for sweeping reform. Read more ...

Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010. Creating useful knowledge: The role of climate science policy, Chapter 3 in: P.J. Driessen, P. Leroy, and W. van Vierssen (eds.), From Climate Change to Social Change, International Books Utrecht, pp. 51-67.

Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010. The simple mathematics of decarbonisation in Australia, ABC News.


William Travis

Adaptation to climate change in public lands managementSmith, J. B. and W. R. Travis, 2010. Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management. Resources for the Future, Issue Brief 10-04, February.

As defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, adaptation includes a set of actions to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities in response to climate change. To date, little research has addressed public policy options to frame the nation’s approach to adapt to a changing climate. In light of scientific evidence of extreme and unpredictable climate change, prudent policy requires consideration of what to do if markets and people fail to anticipate these changes, or are constrained in their ability to react. This issue brief is one in a series that results from the second phase of a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future. The briefs are primarily intended for use by decision makers in confronting the complex and difficult task of effectively adapting the United States to climate change impacts, but may also offer insight and value to scholars and the general public. Read more ...