Climate Change

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    January 28, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Journalist, professor Dan Fagin discusses the power of science to explain the world around us.

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    The Pope’s Call for Action on Climate Change

    “Man can’t change the climate.” With those words on the floor of the United States Senate last January, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma summarized the current Republican consensus on climate change. The Earth is so big, the logic goes, that our insignificant selves could never have an impact big enough to alter the climate.  In a 50-49 vote that followed, the Senate said climate change was not caused by human activity. … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Putin’s Coup, Sea Level Rise and Florida

    Ben Judah’s “Putin’s Coup” Putin’s Coup | Politico There are weeks when I’m just not able to read and digest as much as I might like.  This was one of those weeks.  But I did read one article worth sharing—Ben Judah’s “Putin’s Coup” in Politico Magazine.  The article is important because of what it tells us about Putin’s worldview and the perils resurgent in Eastern Europe. It’s a long read, … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Extreme Weather Events and Hong Kong Protests

    Global Warming and Specific Weather Events Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change | The New York Times Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 From A Climate Perspective | American Meteorological Society A new collection of studies published by the American Meteorological Society (and reported on in the New York Times and elsewhere) includes several that draw causal links between global warming and specific extreme weather events – particularly, … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | Global Warming Denial and The Language of War

    Global warming denial in Texas schoolbooks Analysis of Climate Change in Proposed Social Studies Textbooks for Texas Public Schools | National Center for Science Education Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change | The Guardian A new report out from the National Center for Science Education takes issue with the “education” that future Texas sixth-graders will receive on the topic of global warming. New textbooks currently … Read More

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    World War I, Climate Change and World Cup Hacktivism | Monday Reads

    100 Years After the Start of World War I The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever | The New York Times 40 Maps that explain World War I | Vox Scars of World War I Linger in Europe on Eve of Centennial | The Wall Street Journal The defining event of the 20th century is not the Second World War, but the first.  The … Read More

  • The Battle for Cyberspace, Climate Adaptation, and Iraq |Monday Reads

    China and America’s Battle in Cyberspace: Hyper or Reality? China and America’s Dangerous Battle in Cyberspace | The National Interest American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute | The New York Times Five Myths About Chinese Hackers | The Washington Post New charges of Chinese military units conducting “targeted economic espionage campaigns” against U.S. and European industries are stirring up a cycle of accusation and counteraccusation between the … Read More

  • “Climate change” vs. “global warming”

    The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University has just released a report that discusses the relative merits of the terms climate change and global warming – from the perspective of communicators trying to engage audiences on this critical topic. The results are a reminder that word choice matters – a conclusion I am professionally obligated to endorse, as a cognitive linguist. They are also a reminder … Read More

  • What’s the plan? – Adapting to a changing climate

    At the end of January, residents of the Newport area had a chance to hear from three individuals who are leading Rhode Island’s effort to deal with global warming and its impacts along the Ocean State’s extensive shoreline. While the speakers certainly shared some bad news, they also focused on our opportunity to get ahead of the problems through planning. At a public forum organized by the Pell Center for … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture – Adapting to a Changing Climate: Policy Choices Facing Rhode Island

    How will climate change affect Rhode Island – particularly its coastlines – and how should the State be preparing for these changes? A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that impacts worldwide will be significant, and creates the opportunity for a timely discussion of this critical issue and its implications for our state. To be clear, this public forum is not intended to debate basic scientific … Read More

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