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Paris deal could help narrow climate divide

Paris deal could help narrow climate divide

–This article originally appeared at New Scientist magazine. If the aims of the historic Paris climate deal are to be met, a moonshot effort to develop technologies that can decarbonise the world economy will be needed – and the US has been positioning itself to lead this push. The accord involves 195 countries pledging to...
MIT rejects fossil fuel divestment, defines a bold path forward for research universities

MIT rejects fossil fuel divestment, defines a bold path forward for research universities

–This article originally appeared at The Conversation.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this week a new climate change action plan that rejects calls from activists to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry. The best way for the university to tackle climate change, argued MIT senior leaders, is through active engagement of “fossil...
Scientific American: Four challenges facing newly elected climate chief

Scientific American: Four challenges facing newly elected climate chief

For a October 8 article appearing at Nature magazine and Scientific American, I spoke with Quirin Schiermeier about need to integrate a broader range of expertise from the social sciences into the IPCC process— MCN South Korean economist Hoesung Lee, a professor at the Korea University in Seoul, was elected as the fourth chair of...
UC Santa Barbara Lecture: Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree about Sustainability Problems (Video)

UC Santa Barbara Lecture: Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree about Sustainability Problems (Video)

–Lecture presented at UC Santa Barbara’s Science of Science Communication conference, May 13-14 2015. Why Experts and Environmentalists Disagree About Sustainability Problems Matthew C. Nisbet Given their scale, complexity, and intractability, even those experts and environmentalists arguing for actions to address major sustainability problems like climate change often disagree about what the problems mean for...