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December 1, 2010
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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Climate Change Denial: GOP Members Speak Out

Recently, we reported on how recent elections potentially signify a further shift away from climate change legislation, in favor of profit-maximizing practices that jeopardize health and safety. However, Dot Earth’s Andrew Revkin brings our attention to the "Rational Discussion of Climate Change" hosted by the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology on November 17, 2010. Revkin expresses some hope that this "(relatively) civil hearing on basic questions related to climate science and policy options" by the lame-duck congressional members is indicative of future work by incoming members. It’s possible at least two Republicans may help push their party in a different direction.

Ranking Member of the Environment Subcommittee, Bob Inglis (R-SC), had some harsh words for his fellow GOPers who are stridently disputing the truth and scientific proof of global warming: "They slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, and they’re experts on climate change. They substitute their judgment for people who have Ph.D.s and work tirelessly [on climate change]." He points out the cogent science being presented, as well as the economic benefits of acting now.

Inglis isn’t the only Republican calling out the GOP. In the November 19, 2010, edition of the Washington Post, Sherwood Boehlert, a former Republication representative of New York’s 24th District in Congress (1983-2007), calls on "fellow Republicans to open their minds to rethinking what has largely become [their] party’s line: denying that climate change and global warming are occurring and that they are largely due to human activities." He points out that he understands "there is a natural aversion to more government regulation. But that should be included in the debate about how to respond to climate change, not as an excuse to deny the problem’s existence." As he makes clear, the science presented from experts around the globe is sound. The science should not be questioned; the questions lie in how to respond to climate change legislatively.

Will these voices be heard over the din of climate change denial? Can partisan politics take a backseat to human and national security, as well as economic competition, in order to address climate change?

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November 24, 2010
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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Dispute Resolution Colloquium Series Presents: Political Pulse of Global Environmental Governance: Climate Change and Beyond

The Dispute Resolution Colloquium Series presents this talk with Dr. Maria Ivanova, Dept of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston.

An international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in governance and sustainability, Ivanova focuses on international organizations, climate change, US foreign environmental policy, UN reform, and sustainability on campuses and in organizations. She is the Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project. The talk by Dr. Ivanova, and the following discussion/Q&A will be particularly opportune: the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be in process in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010.

Join Dr. Ivanova on Thursday, December 9, 2010, in the UMass Boston Healey Library, 11th Floor, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Learn about this and other events from John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies here.

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November 10, 2010
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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Increasing Concern Over Climate Change as National Security Threat

With the recent elections, Congress appears poised for an even further shift away from climate change legislation. Republican strategist Karl Rove, for one, is rejoicing that "climate is gone," in favor of profit-seeking practices that jeopardize health and security.

However, as depicted in Bruce Lieberman’s posting "Continuing Concerns Over Implications Of Climate Change for National Security," climate change is increasingly being recognized for its potential threat to human and national security:

"At a recent briefing on Capitol Hill, far from the alert attention of mainstream news organizations, retired General Anthony Zinni warned that the global loss of forests, freshwater, fish and arable land is driving political instability and threatening global security.

‘Whether it be climate change, whether it is the disruption of the environment in other ways … we’re going to see more failed and incapable states,’ said Zinni, a former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command.

The briefing, hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for a New American Security, marked one of a number of recent discussions across the nation’s capital, across the nation, and overseas about how policy thinkers and military planners are viewing continued climate change as a national security issue." 

Where is the disconnect between government and military thought-leaders? What can the armed services do to counteract increased security threats from climate change when national policies do not reflect a sense of urgency?

Also be sure to check out "Climate Change A Growing Concern for U.S. Navy."

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October 13, 2010
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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NCSE Hosts 11th Annual Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment

CIOCS would like to inform you of the following NCSE Conference, at which CIOCS Executive Director Robbin Peach will lead a session on food security. The conference will be January 19-21, 2011, in Washington, DC. Read on or see the Conference Website for more details.

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)’s 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans will provide a forum to address the crisis facing our oceans, new knowledge and innovative tools to effectively face this challenge, and the policy and governance needed to restore and protect the oceans.

The conference will bring together over 1,200 scientists, professionals, policy makers, university faculty and students, and educated citizens from a wide range of backgrounds to share their perspectives and develop action-oriented recommendations, new initiatives and other outcomes to improve our stewardship of oceans and their resources.

As a conference attendee, you will be an active participant in developing significant and meaningful outcomes.  You will also enjoy opportunities to network and develop new partnerships and collaborations with a wide array of individuals and institutions at the forefront of connecting science to environmental policy and management. This is a one-of-a kind conference with a devoted following and limited space.

The first day will be devoted to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and its aftermath with prominent speakers from government, industry, science, conservation and affected communities. Days two and three will address eight topic areas:

 1. Oceans and Carbon
 2. Coastal Ocean Change and Potential for Adaptation
 3. Oceans and Living Marine Ecosystems
 4. Oceans and Human Health
 5. Oceans Affect Everyone
 6. Tipping Points
 7. White Arctic/Blue Arctic
 8. Observing and Measuring Ocean Changes for Improved Stewardship 

These themes are woven through key note addresses, plenary sessions, symposia and breakout sessions with diverse expert speakers.

See the Conference Website for a detailed agenda and to download the Conference Brochure. Click Here to Register. Reminder: Early Bird Registration Ends October 15, 2010

Waves of Change Ocean Expo
The Waves of Change Expo is a platform to spotlight cutting-edge programs and initiatives on ocean science, conservation and education to a broad range of attendees.  The two-day expo will be held in the Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, January 20-21, 2011. For more info and to sign up, please see the
Waves of Change Ocean Expo page.

Call for Collaborators
Each year, NCSE’s National Conference partners with a diversity of organizations, companies and agencies to extend conference outreach to increasingly broad communities. If you would be interested in collaborating on this level, please fill out the online
Collaborators Application and NCSE will be in touch soon.  

Other Speakers to date:
John Amos, SkyTruth
Don Anderson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Dan Ayers, Former Executive Director of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council
Reginald Beach, NOAA
Michael Beck, The Nature Conservancy
Linda Birnbaum, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
Don Boesch, University of Maryland
Rusty Brainard, NOAA
John Bruno, University of North Carolina
Meg Caldwell, Stanford University
Tracy Collier, NOAA
Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
Sarah Cooley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Robert Corell, Global Environment and Technology Foundation
Rita Curtis, NOAA/OSTP
J. Emmett Duffy, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Juliet Eilpren, The Washington Post
Kim Loch Fletcher, Abt Associates
Sherri Goodman, Center for Naval Analysis, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense
Kelly Goodwin, NOAA
Hilary Goodwin, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Jessica Grannis, Georgetown University
Andrew Gude, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
John Guinotte, Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Kellogg
Lynne Hale, The Nature Conservancy
Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt
Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, The University of Queensland
Jack Kaye, NASA
Geraldine Knatz, Port of Los Angeles
Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Margaret Leinen, Climate Response Fund
Bill Lipscomb, Los Alamos National Lab
Tony MacDonald, Monmouth University
Amber Mace, California Ocean Protection Council
Marcia McNutt, USGS
Tony Michaels, Proteus Environmental Technologies
Ed Miles, University of Washington
Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute
Lance Morgan, Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Steven Murowski, NOAA Fisheries
Elliott Norse, Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Mary O’Connor, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Edward Overton, Louisiana State University
Robbin Peach, UMass Boston
Charles “Pete” Peterson, University of North Carolina
Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Andrew Revkin, New York Times
Anthony J. Richardson, CSIRO and Atmospheric Research
Andy Rosenberg, Conservation International
Mary Ruckelshaus, NOAA Fisheries
Stuart Sandin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Lynn Scarlett, Resources for the Future
Heidi Sosik, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Mark J. Spalding, The Ocean Foundation
James Tripp, Environmental Defense Fund
Juli Trtanj, NOAA
Wes Tunnell, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Brad Warren, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
David Yoskowitz, Texas A&M University

 

About the National Council for Science and the Environment
NCSE specializes in programs that bring together diverse individuals, institutions and communities to collaborate. We work closely with the many communities creating and using environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels.

While an advocate for science and its use, NCSE does not take positions on environmental outcomes. In this sense it is different from traditional environmental groups. As an organization that is strongly focused rooted in the real-world decisionmaking, it is different from traditional scientific organizations. NCSE is motivated above all by a commitment to use science to achieve solutions to the environmental challenges facing humanity.

 

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