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Analysis & Opinions - ArcticToday

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Halted Most US Arctic Field Research for 2020

| May 25, 2020

Cristine Russell details how the seasonal scientific field work in the Arctic — from the Toolik Field Station on Alaska's North Slope to ice core drilling in Greenland — is being postponed or cancelled this year because of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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Analysis & Opinions - Scientific American

Nature’s Response to the Catastrophic California Wildfires

| Nov. 23, 2017

Out of the ashes of the Tubbs wildfire comes an important opportunity for researchers to study the fire’s impact on the land, water, vegetation and wildlife. The findings could help inform decisions made by land managers and urban planners in the wake of the deadliest and most destructive fires in California history.