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Briefing #19, 18 May 2010

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Lisa Dilling

Lisa Dilling Awarded NOAA-SARP Grant

Lisa Dilling’s NOAA-SARP proposal, Evaluating adaptive policies for urban water resource management: Interactions between short-term drought responses and long-term climate change adaptation strategies, has been recommended for funding. The proposal is a collaborative effort among researchers at the University of Colorado, NCAR, and NOAA. The project will examine through detailed quantitative and qualitative analysis of selected municipal water systems how drought policies interact with both short-term drought and long-term climate change. It will ask whether adjustment today or in the past leads to more resilient systems across climate time scales. It will also examine how more efficient and/or flexible water use may increase the need for, and value of, weather and climate information and technology. Read More ...

Presidential Science Advisors

New Center Books to be Published Soon

Roger Pielke, Jr. and Bobbie Klein have edited a book based on the highly acclaimed Presidential Science Advisor lecture series held at CU-Boulder in 2005-06. The book, Presidential Science Advisors: Perspectives and Reflections on Science, Policy and Politics, will be published in August 2010 by Springer. Presidential Science Advisors will offer unique first-hand perspectives of the science advisors to the president, from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. It includes some very unique history (e.g., Edward David’s chapter provides perspective on how President Nixon used the science advisor for political purposes that have been reported nowhere else to our knowledge).

The Climate Fix
The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming by Roger Pielke, Jr., seeks to reframe the debate over climate policy in the context of the disappointing results of the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference and the lost trust of the public in the climate science community. The Climate Fix discusses climate science, widely held fallacies in conventional climate policy, the simple math of decarbonization, the misframing of climate change in international debates, adaptation and the politicization of climate science. The book concludes by turning climate policy upside-down, recommending a pragmatic and oblique reframing of the issue as a way forward. The Climate Fix will be published by Basic books and will be available in September 2010.

Recent Publications

Reducing Green House Gas emissions From Activities of the UK Music Industry
Bottrill, C., Liverman, D., and Boykoff, M., 2010. Carbon soundings: greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry, Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 5.

Appraising Media Ecosystem Services Around the Globe
Boykoff, M., 2010. Indian media representations of climate change in a threatened journalistic ecosystem, Climatic Change, Vol. 99, pp. 17-25.

How Can Experts Orient Themselves in a Highly Contested Political Arena?
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.

The Empanelment of Scientific Advisory Committees
Pielke, Jr., R.A., 2010. Inside the Black Box of Science Advisory Committee Empanelment, Bridges, Vol. 25, April.

Sweeping Reform of the IPCC
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010. Major Change Is Needed If the IPCC Hopes to Survive, Yale Environment 360, 25 February.

Four Books Illustrate that Exhortation and Authority are Not Enough to Solve the Climate Crisis
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010. Tales from the climate-change crossroads, Nature, Vol. 464, 18 March.

What to do in the Aftermath of the Climate Policy "Crash"?
Prins, G., Galiana, I., Green, C., Grundmann, R., Hulme, M., Korhola, A., Laird, F., Nordhaus, T., Pielke, Jr., R., Rayner, S., Sarewitz, D., Shellenberger, M., Stehr, N., and H. Tezuka, 2010. The Hartwell Paper: A new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009. Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, University of Oxford; LSE Mackinder Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Adapting the United States to Climate Change Impacts
Smith, J. B. and W. R. Travis, 2010. Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management, Resources for the Future, Issue Brief 10-04, February.

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