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Briefing #25, 21 December 2012

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U.S. Tornado Damage Paper Published in Environmental Hazards
Normalized Tornado Damage in the United States: 1950–2011

Roger Pielke, Jr. is a co-author (with Kevin Simmons and Daniel Sutter) on a new paper just published in the journal Environmental Hazards titled "Normalized Tornado Damage in the United States: 1950-2011."

In the links below please find the text of the paper and accompanying data.

Simmons, K. M., D. Sutter, and R. Pielke, Jr., 2012. Normalized Tornado Damage in the United States: 1950–2011. Environmental Hazards, doi: 10.1080/17477891.2012.738642, Published December 5.

Simmons et al. Normalized Tornado Damage Data (Excel format)

The paper was featured on the front page of the print edition of USA Today on 23 October 2012.

Boykoff, Dilling, Nacu-Schmidt and Travis Major Contributors to Southwest Climate Assessment of the National Climate Assessment
Southwest Climate Assessment of the National Climate Assessment Several members of CSTPR were major contributors to the Southwest Climate Assessment, one component of the ongoing National Climate Assessment. Bill Travis was a co-author of Chapter 1: Summary for Decision Makers, and Chapter 3: The Changing Southwest. Lisa Dilling and Max Boykoff were co-authors of Chapter 18: Climate Choices for a Sustainable Southwest. Ami Nacu-Schmidt created the majority of the images, which weave into a graphical story across the report. The Summary for Decision Makers is now available now available here. The complete report will be available sometime this fall here.
Max Boykoff’s Work Referenced in Senate Floor Speech
Roger Pielke, Jr. On July 30, VT Senator Bernie Sanders referred to Max Boykoff’s research on media coverage of climate change in his speech on the Senate floor. View the speech here.

Special Events

CSTPR celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 27 by welcoming back several of our successful alumni who are scattered around the country, as well as current Center faculty, staff, students, affiliates, University officials and community members.

Dr. John 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, gave the keynote address, “Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration."

A video of Dr. Holdren’s talk as well as photos from the event can be viewed here. For more CSTPR multimedia (video, audio and photo) visit our Multimedia page.

Dr. John Holdren

Sample of Recent Publications

Assessment of citizen participation practice and research in the United States
Crow, D.A. and J.R. Stevens, 2012.
Citizen Engagement in Local Environmental Policy: Information, Mobilization, and Media. In H. Schachter & K. Yang (Ed.), The State of Citizen Participation in America 131-162, Information Age Publishing.

Examining the state of local science and environmental journalism
Crow, D.A. and J.R. Stevens, 2012.
Local Science Reporting Relies on Generalists, Not Specialists. Newspaper Research Journal 33 (3), 35-48.

Managing for carbon is currently a low priority
Dilling, L. and E. Failey, 2012.
Managing Carbon in a Multiple Use World: The Implications of Land-Use Decision Context for Carbon Management. Global Environmental Change.

Why strong science assessors matter
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2012.
Mad Cows, Hurricane Sandy, and Why We Need Strong Science Assessors. Bridges 36, December.

Connecting energy policy and disasters makes little scientific sense
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2012.
Hurricanes and Human Choice. Wall Street Journal, October.

Technological advances on CFC alternatives helped to “grease the skids” for policy action
Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2012.
Technology Was the Key Factor in Saving the Ozone Layers. China Dialogue.

Current United Nations structures are highly inequitable and obstruct progress towards international climate policy co-operation
Schroeder, H., M. T. Boykoff, and L. Spiers, 2012.
Equity and State Representations in Climate Negotiations. Nature Climate Change.

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