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Resilience & Adaptation

Urban Resilience and Innovation in a Polarized Society: Research to Inform Communication and Advocacy

Wed. Jan 15 @ 4pm 206 Lake Hall Northeastern University Main Campus (Map) Over the past 30 years, Boston has emerged as the leading global hub for scientific advances spanning biotechnology, personalized medicine, robotics, and information technology.  Over the same period, the city has also struggled to manage the many challenges posed by climate change...

Our Super Zip State of Mind: Engaging with Communities Not Like Our Own

The transformation of Washington, DC into one of the world’s wealthiest regions has also turned the nation’s capital into one of its most like minded. The homogeneity in economic outlook and social experience has profound implications for how Beltway professionals and advocates design policy and strategy to deal with complex problems like climate change. “It’s...

ADAPTING TO ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE: COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES

Over the past year, I have had the great opportunity to work with faculty and students at the The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and their NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) – the first of its kind to focus explicitly on adaptation to abrupt climate change.  Here is a short description on...

TIME Magazine on Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Last week at Time magazine, Courtney Subramanian focused on the number of government agencies and professional groups working to focus public attention on the health implications of climate change.  In doing so, she spotlighted our Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded research examining how the public understands and responds to information about climate change when the...

Preparing for Gas Scarcity in a Post Sandy World

As New York City struggles to recover from Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg today announced that the city would start rationing gas, as long lines and scarce supplies continue to plague the area, reports the City Room blog at the New York Times. What’s happening in New York — once a reality to only those who had lived through...

NPR News on Framing Global Warming as a Public Health Threat

Effectively engaging the American public on climate change—including its causes, impacts, and solutions—remains both a major research question and a communication challenge. Effective public engagement requires understanding the cognitive, affective, and behavioral nature of audiences.  On the Monday, Sept. 10 2012 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, Richard Harris reported on the findings of a...

The Pragmatic Caucus: States and Cities Are Centers for Collaboration and Innovation

As I’ve argued on climate change, localizing the issue is one way to overcome the polarization that has paralyzed national-level action.  And this strategy holds not just for climate, but a range of other issues, argues Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz and Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin.  In an essay last year at Time...

Peak Oil Perceptions: How Americans View the Risks of a Major Spike in Oil Prices

A strong majority of Americans say it is likely that oil prices will triple in the coming five years and that such a tripling would be harmful both to the economy and to public health. Conservatives and those dismissive of climate change are among the most concerned by the threat of a major spike in...