Daily Archives: August 23, 2017

Michael Mann — The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines


Published on Feb 11, 2014

“The Hockey Stick” has been a central figure in the controversy over human-caused (“anthropogenic”) climate change. It is an easy-to-understand graph Michael E. Mann and his colleagues constructed to depict changes in Earth’s temperature back to 1000 AD. The graph was featured in the high-profile “Summary for Policy Makers” of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and it quickly became an icon in the debate over human-caused climate change. In his lecture, professor Mann tells the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when special economic interests and those who do their bidding attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science. In short, he attempts to use the Hockey Stick to cut through the fog of disinformation that has been generated by the campaign to deny the reality of climate change and reveal the very real threat to our future that lies behind it.

The lectures shared here were given on October 5th 2013 in the following order:

Guðni Elísson: “Earth101”
Stefan Rahmstorf: “The Climate Crisis”
Michael Mann: “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”
Kari Norgaard: “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life”
Peter Sinclair: “Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era”
Recorded by Phil Coates and edited by Ryan Chapman.

The Desert: Journey through the Sahara lays bare effects of climate change

CGTN Africa

Published on Nov 14, 2016

In our new special series, The Desert, CCTV takes an epic journey through the Sahara to explore how climate change is affecting the world’s largest hot desert, and the people who inhabit it. Our journey begins in Mauritania, near the Zarga Mountains, where we meet the nomads of the Sahara.

Marxist theory: Relevant to climate change today?


Published on May 4, 2017

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Karl Marx’s great work, Das Kapital. People are now revisiting his thoughts to find solutions to the problems we face today. Liu Xin spoke with Graham Murdock, a professor of culture and economy at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK, and an expert on Marxism. He applied Marx’s analysis on ecology in the context of climate change in a speech titled “Communications and Climate Crisis: The New Rift”.

Climate Change in Boston

Emily Moothart

Published on May 5, 2017

This video provides a quick overview of climate change in Boston with interviews from Dr. Ellen Douglas and Dr. Paul Kirshen of the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

Harvard Climate Week Lecture: Bud Ris on “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead”

Harvard CGBC

Published on May 5, 2017

Bud Ris is Co-Chair of Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Climate Preparedness Working Group and Senior Climate Advisor to the Barr Foundation.

Ris’ lecture was presented as a part of a week of climate change-related events called “Climate Week,” organized by the Harvard University Center for the Environment in cooperation with a wide variety of partner institutions across the Harvard campus. This week-long program gives the Harvard community, as well as the interested public, exposure to some of the best scholarship and thinking related to climate change at the university.

Report Eyes Climate Change in Boston

Chris Lovett

Published on Dec 14, 2016

Carl Spector, Commissioner of the Boston Environment Department, talks about the newly released “Climate Ready Boston” report. Interview for BNN News. Aired December 14, 2016.

Sea Level Rise: South Florida; Mass Migration


Published on Nov 27, 2014

Video produced by Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication multimedia production students in Fall 2014 as part of the eyesontherise.org project funded by the Online News Association.

Miami Beach Sea Level Rise: Raising vs Razing Homes

Save Miami Beach

Published on Apr 20, 2016

Alternatives to demolition for preserving our existing buildings in a time of sea level rise. Land Use Committee participants: Joy Malakoff and John Elizabeth Aleman. 4-20-2016. Speaker: Daniel Ciraldo

How High, How Fast? Global Cities and Rising Sea Levels / CityLab 2016


Published on Oct 25, 2016

Andrea Dutton, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

For more on this event, please visit TheAtlantic.com/2016CityLab

How Boston’s Preparing For Rising Sea Levels

CBS Boston

Published on Jun 19, 2017

WBZ-TV’s Anaridis Rodriquez reports.