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Elizabeth Arnold and Alice Rogoff speak to HKS students and community members about the dire need for a more complete Arctic media narrative on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Belfer Center Media Services)

Belfer Center Media Services

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

From Polar Bears to People: Getting the Arctic Climate Change Story Right

    Author:
  • Jonathan Edel-Hänni
| May 03, 2018

The Arctic is region is growing rapidly in global prominence, due in large part to the environmental changes caused by global warming. Rising temperatures and the receding sea ice reveal untapped natural resources and lucrative new trade routes. Non-Arctic nations, including China and India, are joining in the discourse on the region as new economic opportunities open up. Meanwhile, the four million human residents of the land north of the Arctic circle, many of them Indigenous peoples, are facing the reality of dramatically changing life because of human-caused climate change and an uncertain future.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Bridging Science and Societies

| Spring 2018

Climate contrarians continue to undermine the urgency of immediate climate action, particularly in the United States, despite increasing evidence of the devastating impacts of global climate change, John P. Holdren, co-director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and former science advisor to President Obama, said in a keynote address to the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists 2017. The late fall conference attracted nearly 1,400 science journalists from 74 countries, the largest such gathering of its kind.

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Toles introduce themselves at the Starr Auditorium at Harvard Kennedy School on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. (Benn Craig)

Benn Craig

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Madhouse Effect: A Climate Scientist and an Editorial Cartoonist Team Up to Tackle Climate Change Denial

    Author:
  • Jonathan Edel-Hänni
| Mar. 01, 2018

Why is climate change denial alive and thriving in America? Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State Michael Mann and Washington Post editorial cartoonist and blogger Tom Toles offer insight into this question. In their timely book, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, the pair use science, cartoons and satire to examine the science behind global warming and then tackle denialist attempts to refute it, including the financial, ideological and political institutions fueling the climate denial movement.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw, a 2018 MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, whose pitch for an indigenous investment fund was voted the best idea to improve the Arctic by the audience and a panel of judges at an Arctic Innovators event Nov. 15.

Benn Craig

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Students Offer Innovative Ideas for Tackling Climate Change Impacts on Arctic

    Author:
  • Jacob Carozza
| Nov. 20, 2017

An event held in the Kennedy School's Bell Hall Nov. 15 challenged students in the Arctic Initiative's Arctic Innovators program to present their ideas to improve the region in a two and a half minute pitch.

Geoffrey Marcy at a news conference

AP Photo/Randi Lynn Beach, file

Analysis & Opinions - Scientific American

Confronting Sexual Harassment in Science

| Oct. 27, 2017

"Accelerating efforts to combat sexual harassment takes on more urgency, given the national need to recruit and retain a diverse STEM workforce in the 21st century. To do so, the message to end gender discrimination and sexual harassment may indeed need to 'go viral' to keep media attention—and public pressure—on both individuals and institutions to create a more welcoming climate for women and minorities in the global science community of tomorrow."

At the Paris climate talks, media coverage takes a turn

Igors Jefimovs, Wikimedia

Analysis & Opinions - Columbia Journalism Review

At the Paris climate talks, media coverage takes a turn

| Dec. 01, 2015

The initial media coverage of the two-week summit of nearly 200 countries reflected a solemn tone, as did symbolic images of empty shoes that lined the streets of Paris following French President François Hollande’s security decision to cancel the planned climate march.

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Divestment Debate: Should Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels?

| May 8, 2015

Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.