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A selection of recommended reading and listening materials from our 2020 panelists.
"If you can only read one book about COVID-19, make it Apollo’s Arrow," writes George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. "Dr. Nicholas Christakis takes you on a journey from the genesis of the virus to the early spread, including names and places. It goes into the science behind this virus, as well as the long history of pandemics, and the likely long term changes that we will see to our society."
He also recommends Divided We Fall: "David French is a conservative evangelical who sees the division in our country as an existential threat to our union. These divisions exist around science, social values, and pretty much everything else. He paints two potential scenarios of fracture, but also offers ideas on how to bring us back together through empathy, openness, and lots of hard work. He has become one of my favorite thought leaders for civic mindedness."
Who is to blame for our broken politics? The uncomfortable answer to this question starts with ordinary citizens with good intentions. We vote (sometimes) and occasionally sign a petition or attend a rally. But we mainly “engage” by consuming politics as if it’s a sport or a hobby. In Politics Is for Power, Eitan Hersh shows us a way toward more effective political participation. Aided by political theory, history, cutting-edge social science, as well as remarkable stories of ordinary citizens who got off their couches and took political power seriously, this book shows us how to channel our energy away from political hobbyism and toward empowering our values.
Scientific American senior editor Jen Schwartz recommends the publication's recent special report on misinformation, as well as additional readings on social media, the question of scientific authority, and trust in scientists.
In the latest volume of the Rightful Place of Science series, the authors lay out innovative methods and tools that can guide the design and operation of science policy as it meets the needs of a rapidly changing world. Representing two decades of work by scholars from and affiliated with Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, New Tools for Science Policy is a landmark work of science policy theory and practice.
Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? This isn't your ordinary energy business show. Every week, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. A production of Greentech Media.
Katherine Hamilton also co-authored an article on electric aviation as part of Scientific American's Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020. From the piece:
"In 2019 air travel accounted for 2.5 percent of global carbon emissions, a number that could triple by 2050. While some airlines have started offsetting their contributions to atmospheric carbon, significant cutbacks are still needed. Electric airplanes could provide the scale of transformation required, and many companies are racing to develop them. Not only would electric propulsion motors eliminate direct carbon emissions, they could reduce fuel costs by up to 90 percent, maintenance by up to 50 percent and noise by nearly 70 percent."
"Colorado has leading policies to promote renewable energy and reduce carbon pollution," writes Carlos E. Fernandez, Colorado state director for The Nature Conservancy, in a recent op-ed published in The Colorado Sun co-authored with Kelly Nordini of Conservation Colorado and Jon Goldin-Dubois of Western Resource Advocates. "Our delegation should now ensure that stimulus dollars complement these bold policies so Coloradans can be confident that renewable energy powers our buildings and transportation; clean air and water is available for everyone; transportation infrastructure moves people, not just cars; and parks and protected public lands and waters are accessible for all to enjoy."
On July 24, 2019, WRI Senior Fellow Karl Hausker, Ph.D., testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. The hearing, titled “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy,” examined the challenges and opportunities associated with deep decarbonization of the United States economy.
In Conversation with Zahra Hirji, Science Reporter at Buzzfeed News
We asked scientists, policymakers, community leaders, business executives, students, and more to reflect on what we’ve learned about science and policy this year. These questions will also help prompt our discussions during this year’s interactive breakout sessions. Check out the videos below and watch for even more on demand content premiering throughout November.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of the role of communities as it relates to change in science? Hear a thoughtful perspective on this question from Raj Pandya, Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about public opinion as it relates to trust in science? We asked Cary Funk, Director of Science and Society Research at the Pew Research Center, to help break it down.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about how media biases shape our perception of scientific information? John Gable, CEO and Co-Founder of AllSides, helped us break down some of the sources of disconnect.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about effective communication as it relates to public perception of climate science? Abel Gustafson, Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, shares his thoughts.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of scientists as it relates to leadership and political engagement? We asked Maryam Zaringhalam, Data Science & Open Science Officer at the National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health and Executive Producer at the Story Collider for her thoughts.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about environmental justice as it relates to climate science and policy? Ean Tafoya, Colorado Field Advocate for GreenLatinos, shares his perspective.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of use of science in the policy process for Colorado legislature? Chris Hansen, State Senator from Colorado District 31, weighs in.
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about the role of youth voices being involved in policy discussions and "having a seat at the table?" Lizz Leung, High School Senior, ISP Convening Participant, and Teen Science Scholar spoke to these important topics.