Communication, Media & Politics in a World at Risk

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Resilience & Adaptation
Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

By John Rennie Short, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Despite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th, more than 60 inches of snow in 30 days fell on the city and parts of the wider region, closing schools,...
Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

By Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there is no snow. Consequently, deniers of climate change have used recent snow dumps to cast doubt on a warming climate from human...

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...