Law and Policy

Author Todd Wilkenson, on his recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet

Todd Wilkinson’s most recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, is a diligently detailed, keenly interpreted, portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man driven to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible. Wilkinson is an environmental journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians War On Nature and Truth.

What Happens in the Arctic Doesn't Stay in the Arctic

Fran Ulmer reminds people that “Antarctica has penguins.  The Arctic has people.”  Ms. Ulmer was a University of Alaska Chancellor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002.  She talks about the effects of climate change in Alaska where average seasonal temperatures have already increased by 4 degrees in summer and 7 degrees in winter.  Her talk is wonderful for anyone who forgets how very different the situation is at the Earth’s poles: Antarctica is uninhabited land surrounded by an ocean, whereas the Arctic is an ocean surrounded by 8 nations.

New York City's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience: Strengths and Limitations of Climate Model-Based Approaches

Radley Horton, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute, shares his experience and perspective on key decisions made while working with the City of New York to mobilize scientists for a rapid assessment of the damage in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. He also discusses another project involving the loss of Arctic sea ice and its potential for effecting mid-lattitude climate.

Peak Water Solutions in a Changing Climate

Dr. Peter Gleick is a MacArthur award-winning visionary on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, an  innovative, independent non-governmental organizations in the fields of water and economic and environmental justice and sustainability.  Dr. Gleick talks about the intersection between climate change and water resources and all of its societal repercussions.

Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions

Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels.

The "C" Word: Messaging & Communication

In the first of the YCEI/YCELP Policy Speaker Series, Keri Bolding discusses methods of communicating about climate change in an effective, resonating way. She discusses the differences between persuasive and educational communication, results and implications of public opinions research, keys to effectively delivering information and offers suggestions on when to use the term “climate change” in information communication.

Parenting the Planet

Sarah Krakoff of the University of Colorado Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her recent book, Parenting the Planet, discusses the different stages of man’s relationship to nature.  Her publications include “American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary,” (with Robert Anderson, Bethany Berger and Phil…

Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change

Berkeley School of Law Professor Andrew Guzman holds a Ph.D. in economics as well as a J.D. from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law. In Overheated, he assumes a 2-degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures and explores how even that modest change might play out in flooding, prolonged drought and increased violence.

The "C" Word: A Regional Perspective

In the third installment of the YCEI/YCELP Climate Policy Speaker Series, Dorothy Barnett and Josh Galpern (filling in for Dr. Stephen Smith) discuss the Climate and Energy Project’s (CEP) belief in an achievable clean energy future in the midwest and answer questions about CEP and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) work in Kansas and the southeast U.S.

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