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Briefing #20, 17 November 2010

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Lisa Dilling

Benjamin Hale Presented on "Moral Hazards and Geoengineering" at the October 2010 Missoula Workshop on Ethics of Solar Radiation Management

Benjamin Hale presented on Moral Hazards and Geoengineering at the October 2010 Workshop on "The Ethics of Geoengineering: Investigating the Moral Challenges of Solar Radiation Management" held at the University of Montana. Attending the workshop were leading scientists and scholars who will share their expertise on Solar Radiation Management technologies and help focus discussion on the particular ethical issues they raise. Click here to view Benjamin Hale's presentation. Read more ...

The Climate Fix

New Center Books Now Available

The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming (Basic Books) 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. Roger Pielke, Jr. is currently on a 2010 book tour across the US and UK.

Presidential Science Advisors
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 (Springer), offers a first-hand perspective 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 includes a description of how President Nixon used the science advisor for political purposes that has been reported nowhere else to our knowledge).
Roger Pielke, Jr.

Special Events

On November 4 Roger Pielke, Jr. gave a talk at the University of Wisconsin's SAGE Weston Roundtable Series on his book The Climate Fix. This talk is available to watch online.

On November 3 Roger Pielke, Jr. was on a panel with Judy Curry of Georgia Tech and Andrew Revkin of Pace University and the New York Times at Purdue University. A streaming video from the event is now available.

On July 29 Roger Pielke, Jr. gave the keynote talk at the 8th Environmental Policy Conference of the Washington Policy Center. Roger Pielke's talk starts at 17:30 in the video below.

Recent Publications

The Role of the Courts in Addressing Disputes Related to Climate Change
Averill, M., 2010.
Getting into Court: Standing, Political Questions, and Climate Tort Claims, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 122-126.

Review of Why We Disagree About Climate Change
Boykoff, M.T., 2010.
Climate quarrels: ‘It’s not you, it’s me ... well it’s us’, forum review for 'Why We Disagree About Climate Change. Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity' by M. Hulme. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 176, No. 3, pp. 267-269.

The Challenges of Recasting the Relationships Between Science, Policy and Society
Boykoff, M.T., and J. Smith, 2010.
Media Presentations of Climate Change, Chapter in: C. Lever-Tracy (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Routledge, pp. 210-218.

Universal Educational Programs are Insufficient for the Promotion of Autonomy
Hale, B. and L. Hale, 2010.
Respecting Autonomy in Population Policy: An Argument for International Family Planning Programs, Public Health Ethics, doi: 10.1093/phe/phq012, May 17.

Is Ocean Fertilization an Acceptable Solution for Mitigating Climate Change?
Hale, B. and L. Dilling, 2010.
Geoengineering, Ocean Fertilization, and the Problem of Permissible Pollution, Science, Technology and Human Values, doi: 10.1177/0162243910366150, August.

Examining a Case for More Deliberative Governance of Science and Technology
Lövbrand, E., R. Pielke, Jr., and S. Beck, 2010.
A Democracy Paradox in Studies of Science and Technology, Science Technology Human Values, doi: 10.1177/0162243910366154, August 26.

Accelerating the Decarbonization of the Global Economy
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010.
Success is not Guaranteed, Bridges, Vol. 27, October.

Climate Policies that Require Public Sacrifice and Limiting Economic Growth are Doomed to Failure
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2010.
A Positive Path for Meeting The Global Climate Challenge, Yale 360, October 18.

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