“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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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