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Briefing #24, 21 September 2012

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CSTPR 10 Yr Anniversary September 27, 2012
CSTPR 10yr Anniversary logo The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 27. This all-day event will include 4 panel discussions and will feature a keynote address by Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. For more information please visit our anniversary website.
CSTPR Welcomes Deserai Anderson Crow
Deserai Anderson Crow Deserai Anderson Crow, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, recently joined the Policy Center. Her research interests include environmental policy and the role that mass media and other factors play in policy decisions. Read more ...
Roger Pielke, Jr. Awarded 2012 GSA Public Service Award
Roger Pielke, Jr. Roger Pielke, Jr. is this year’s recipient of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Public Service Award. The GSA Public Service Award was established in 1998 in honor of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and is awarded for contributions that have materially enhanced the public's understanding of the earth sciences, or significantly served decision-makers in the application of scientific and technical information in public affairs and public policy related to the earth sciences. Read more ...

Sample of Recent Publications

Acknowledging we are all responsible for greenhouse gas emissions
Boykoff, M. and B. Osnes, 2012.
Students sprout creative communications on climate change Inside the Greenhouse. Skeptical Science, August 15.

An analysis of the diffusion in recreational water right policy innovation among Colorado communities
Crow, D.A., 2012.
Policy Diffusion and Innovation: Media and Experts in Colorado Recreational Water Rights. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 27–41.

How does the question of fairness apply throughout our political discourse?
Hale, B., 2012.
The Veil of Opulence. New York Times, August 12.

Environmental remediation and environmental wrongdoing
Hale, B., 2012.
Getting the Bad Out: Remediation Technologies and Respect for Others. Chapter in: W.P. Kabasenche, M. O'Rourke, and M.H. Slater (Ed.), The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics, pp. 223-243, MIT Press.

Moral hazard arguments against geoengineering
Hale, B., 2012.
The World That Would Have Been. Chapter in: C.J. Preston (Ed.), Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management, pp. 113-131, Lexington Books.

Setting the stage for transformational adaptation to climate change
Kates, R.W., W.R. Travis and T.J. Wilbanks, 2012.
Transformational adaptation when incremental adaptations to climate change are insufficient. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., Vol. 109 (19), pp. 7156-7161.

Are we doing the right thing or are we using scientific information to do the wrong thing more precisely?
McNeeley, S.M. et al., 2012.
Catalyzing Frontiers in Water-Climate-Society Research. Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 93 (4), pp. 477-484.

The evolution of ‘‘basic research’’ and post-Cold War science policy
Pielke, Jr., R.A., 2012.
Basic Research as a Political Symbol. Minerva, doi: 10.1007/s11024-012-9207-5, September 6.

We are going to have to be a lot more politically savvy to stop global warming
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2012.
Climate of Failure. Foreign Policy, August 6.

The challenges in using science in decision making
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2012.
Science, Sex, and the Olympics. Bridges, Vol. 34, July.

All articles are available via download from our website or can be requested by email.

Special Events

  • In August, Max Boykoff spoke at the Second ISA Forum of Sociology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The title of his talk is "The emergence of climate contrarianism as a ‘wise (use)' social movement ". Read more ...
  • In May, Max Boykoff and Lisa Dilling participated in a session on "Communicating the Climate Change Crisis" at the World Renewable Energy Forum. Read more ...
  • In April, Roger Pielke, Jr. spoke at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on "Lessons from 50 Years of Science Advice to the US President". Read more ...

NEW VIDEO: Roger Pielke, Jr. on Science and Policy at the Lowy Institute

Roger Pielke, Jr., was interviewed by Sam Roggeveen, 'The Interpreter' Blog Editor at the Lowy Institute on the intersection between policy and science. Watch the video.


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