Category Archives: Science-Policy Interaction

Notes From Underground: The Success of Paris…Pending

The year 2015 ended on an up note, but the real work lies ahead. An election year begins in the US, and the success or failure of the Paris agreement could come down to who, come 2017, controls the White … Continue reading

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Notes From Underground: Pipeline to Paris

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Paris until December 11th. The Paris Conference will hopefully yield real solutions to climate change — that is, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Paris: What’s the Climate Now?

In the past year alone, there has been a marked sea-change in the wider American public and international discourse on climate change. For far too long, it seems, the world has had to endure the prolonged grieving process of the … Continue reading

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The United States is Dangerously Unprepared for Risks Imposed by Climate Change Impacts — Is Exxon Mobil Corporation Much to Blame?

As we immediately posted on CSPW’s social media sites late yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon — signaling the beginning of what The New York Times reports to be “a sweeping investigation of … Continue reading

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Associated Press Bans Term “Deniers,” Prefers “Doubters”: An Inaccurate and Misleading Replacement

Climate change denial has always been about controversy. As the science of man-made climate change has become increasingly certain over the last three decades of work by thousands of researchers, a cadre of deniers, often funded by fossil fuel industries, … Continue reading

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CSPW’s New Climate Action Plan Oversight Series: Continuing Rick Piltz’s Work on the CAP

When President Obama announced the Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June of 2013, it was a landmark moment. The first-of-its-kind plan aims at achieving comprehensive action on climate change by way of a three-fold goal: cutting domestic carbon pollution, adapting … Continue reading

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Baked Alaska, Anyone? The Race to Save (or Cook) the Planet

Climate Science & Policy Watch has all eyes on Alaska this week, as President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the region. As a rare treat, he will venture outside of his hotel and conference room to … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Rick Piltz

The founder and director of Climate Science Watch, Rick Piltz, passed at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, 18 October 2014. In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position with the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to protest … Continue reading

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A good federal court decision against a coal mining expansion: There are no remedies for failure to consider climate change impacts

Confirming and finalizing a preliminary decision made in July, a Colorado judge has killed a federal permit to allow expanded coal mining in the Gunnison National Forest, after Arch Coal’s application had been approved by the Obama Administration. The Bureau … Continue reading

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What to do about the “Social Cost of Carbon” metric? — Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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