Monthly Archives: March 2020

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed: Communities Enduring Racism & Poverty Will Suffer Most Due to COVID-19


Democracy Now!



Published on Mar 31, 2020

As the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States tops 3,100, states are demanding ventilators and medical supplies. Michigan is a growing hot spot and struggling to prepare for a surge in cases, but President Trump has repeatedly attacked Michigan’s governor, calling her “that woman.” We speak with the former director of the Detroit Health Department, Abdul El-Sayed. He’s a physician and epidemiologist, and his new book is just out today, “Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic.” His recent piece for The Guardian is headlined “Coronavirus is exploiting an underlying condition: our epidemic of insecurity.”

Sheril Kirshenbaum – Science Politics Storytelling

Sheril Kirshenbaum is executive director of Science Debate, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization working to get every candidate on record on science policy. She works to enhance public understanding of science and improve communication between scientists, policymakers and the public. She currently hosts Serving Up Science at PBS Digital Studios.

At Michigan State University, Sheril hosts “Our Table,” a series of round table discussions bringing together farmers and food experts, health professionals and community members to listen to each other and foster dialogue about where our food comes from and how it impacts our health and planet. In her role at Food@MSU, she also developed and conducts the biannual Food Literacy and Engagement Poll on a variety of food topics to help inform national discussion, business planning and policy development.

Sheril co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren as a top recommended read. She is also the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores the science behind one of humanity’s fondest pastimes.

Sheril’s writing appears in publications such as Bloomberg and CNN frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to parenthood. Her work has also been published in scientific journals including Science and Nature and she is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. She has also hosted blogs at Discover, Scientific American and Wired, as well as the weekly NPR podcast Serving Up Science.

Sheril has been a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar; a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a legislative NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the U.S. Senate with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and a Next Generation Fellow through the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She speaks internationally about science communication and has appeared as a thought leader at events like TEDGlobal and Ciudad de las Ideas.

Previously Sheril served as director of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll. She has also worked with the Webber Energy Group at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Sheril has been a visiting scholar with The Pimm Group, a fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She holds graduate degrees in marine biology and policy and lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband David Lowry and sons.

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Rich vs. Poor: Who Should Pay To Fix Climate Change? | Hot Mess


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Jul 12, 2018
Over the past few centuries, a handful of countries reaped the benefits of fossil fuels and developed their economies, emitting a lot of greenhouse gases along the way. We now know these gases have changed the climate. But since the mid-2000s, an interesting shift has occurred. The majority of greenhouse gas emissions are now coming from large developing countries, who are looking for cheap energy sources to drive their own economic growth, just like rich countries before them.

Using Space Mirrors to Cool the Globe | Hot Mess


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Jul 19, 2018

Peril & Promise is a public media initiative from WNET telling human stories of climate change and its solutions. Learn more at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/peril-and-pro…

Humans are running a dangerous experiment on our planet. We’re putting more and more carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, which are trapping the sun’s energy, and lo and behold, our planet is heating up in response. To fix this, we could cut carbon dioxide emissions, but that’s been hard. What if there were a shortcut? What if we could reflect some of the sun’s energy away before it had a chance to get trapped? Like… maybe with space mirrors?!

Indigenous Communities Are on the Front Lines of Climate Change | Hot Mess

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Sep 13, 2018

Peril & Promise is a public media initiative from WNET telling human stories of climate change and its solutions.
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Indigenous Peoples Must be Part of Solution to Climate Change

UN Climate Change

Nov 7, 2017

On Indigenous People’s Day at COP23, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa joined representatives of indigenous peoples assembled in Bonn, acknowledging their part in being a solution to the problem of climate change. Andrew Bin Ambrose of the Momogun-Dayak in Malaysia stressed indigenous peoples were custodians of the planet. Hindou Oumaro Ibrahim of the Mbororo in Chad explained how her community could read the behavior of certain birds to predict rainfall patterns. And Jannie Staffansson of the Sami people said that the Paris Climate Change Agreement had brought acknowledgements for the rights of indigenous peoples, as well as acknowledgement of the need to strengthen their traditional knowledge in order to help the world in adapting to climate change.