IN: Arctic Experts and Scientists — OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Biden administration has taken action to bring back science and expertise to its Arctic policy work. Climate Change Science and Democracy Arctic Priorities for the Biden Administration

Political Jeopardy! Disinformation Campaigns for $400

Union of Concerned Scientists

Disinformation campaigns are not random rumors that catch on by happenstance. They are coordinated, funded, and organized--and spring from an infamous memo published 50 years ago today. Science and Democracy corporate influence disinformation campaign disinformation playbook powell memo

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Top Political Scientists Release Dire Warning: Our Entire Democracy Is at Risk

Union of Concerned Scientists

Radical changes to core electoral procedures are transforming several states into political systems that no longer meet the minimum conditions for free and fair elections.

The Bar for Climate Ambition is Set by Science, Not Congressional Politics

Union of Concerned Scientists

Without the Clean Electricity Performance Program, it will be harder to meet the nation's climate targets, but it can be done. Climate Change Energy budget reconciliation CEPP Congress methane

Confronting the Political Determinants of Gun Violence

Scientific American

Addressing health inequities in the U.S. requires social and historical context. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Social Sciences Diversity Policy Sociology

The Costs of Political Polarization and Gridlock

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Although some Republican officials have signaled a willingness to work on mitigation and adaptation policies, political promises to address climate change still largely come from only one party: the Democrats.

How COVID, Inequality and Politics Make a Vicious Syndemic

Scientific American

Overlapping diseases and social conditions in the U.S. continue to dictate who is hurt most badly by the novel coronavirus. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

How COVID, Inequality and Politics Make a Vicious Syndemic

Scientific American

Overlapping diseases and social conditions in the U.S. continue to dictate who is hurt most badly by the novel coronavirus. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

Managing the Political Economy of Climate Change Policies

IMFBlog

But even in the wake of massive public protests and an ambitious agenda since the 2015 Paris Agreement, governments are wary of the political costs of enacting climate mitigation policies. By Davide Furceri , Michael Ganslmeier, and Jonathan D. Ostry.

How to talk about climate change across the political divide

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New Yorker. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian, has written a book that lays out strategies for discussing the climate crisis in a divided country. Read more → Books Climate change Communicating science

We Must Protect Our Public Health Agencies from Political Interference

Scientific American

Some states have passed laws that threaten to undermine these vital resources, and others may follow. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

Navigating internal politics to ‘get it done’

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Show the value of ESG within the context of leadership’s biggest concern of the moment, or how it builds on their greatest success, and leadership will listen. Read more → Corporate sustainability

Scientists — be political in the good times, not just the bad

Nature

Nature, Published online: 08 June 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01521-x Scientists — be political in the good times, not just the bad

TCI Update: Final Model Rule Addresses EJ, but Political Will May Be Lacking

Law and Environment

The post TCI Update: Final Model Rule Addresses EJ, but Political Will May Be Lacking first appeared on Law and the Environment.

Electoral Engineering and the Freedom to Vote

Scientific American

Social Sciences Inequality Policy PoliticsSecuring basic voting rights should take priority over more elaborate reforms. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

‘There is no shortage of targets in political discussions’: Can Europe innovate its way to reaching sustainable food goals?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Navigator. The European Commission has set out an ambitious agenda as it works to move food production to a more sustainable footing. However, there is a pressing need to move from target-setting to engagement and achievement. Read more → Agriculture Europe Food and beverage manufacturing

Public Opinion and the Limits of Climate Policy

Legal Planet

Their historical compilation is very revealing about our present political situation. Two other political consequences are also clear: First, advocacy for climate action will do better when it can be tied to jobs, or when specific policies have particular public appeal, such as renewables.

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The Recall

Legal Planet

California Climate Change Energy Politics California climate policy California elections Climate Politics environmental politics Gavin NewsomWith the California recall election coming up a month from now, it’s time to take a look at the candidates.

All Small Electronics Should Have the Same Charging Ports, New E.U. Rule Says

Scientific American

Policy Politics Technology ElectronicsIn a bid to reduce waste, a proposed regulation would require phones and other small electronics to switch to USB-C. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

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How Facebook Hinders Misinformation Research

Scientific American

Behavior Social Sciences Politics Technology PrivacyThe platform strictly limits and controls data access, which stymies scientists. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

Why is Beautiful California Losing Congressional Seats? Constrained Local Housing Supply Influences National Politics

Environmental and Urban Economics

In this sense, local housing supply determines national politics. California real estate is desirable. I own property there. Zillow teaches us that it has the most valuable land in America with a Zillow average price of $644,000 in April 2021. The national Zillow price is $276,000. Is this difference caused by supply or demand? Over the years, I have written several papers about what makes a place such as California so desirable (and thus featuring high demand).

Never Give Up. Never Surrender.

Legal Planet

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We Must Fight Restrictions on Voting Rights

Scientific American

Social Sciences Policy PoliticsNational Voter Registration Day reminds us of the urgent need to protect electoral integrity. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

11 Top Political Tweets of the Day

Planet Save

The post 11 Top Political Tweets of the Day appeared first on PlanetSave. But it is hella fun for political one-liners. Below are perhaps my 11 favorite political tweets. The post 11 Top Political Tweets of the Day appeared first on PlanetSave.

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Francis Collins, Head of NIH Who Led Human Genome Project, to Step Down

Scientific American

Health PoliticsAfter 12 years at the helm of the top biomedical research agency, the geneticist will return to running his lab by year’s end. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

Analysis: Could the Afghan crisis derail climate action?

A Greener Life

The situation in the landlocked country, which has been the centre of various geo-political battles in recent times, became severely unstable. Photo credit: IOM / Muse Mohammed. By Anders Lorenzen.

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A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

There are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists. Science and Democracy government shutdown

Analysis: As Germany’s government changes over, real climate solutions appear far off

A Greener Life

climate change Europe Germany International Politics Angela Merkel CDU climate crisis German Chancellor German floods German politics Olaf Scholz SPDOlaf Scholz – Germany’s likely next German Chancellor. Photo credit: Olaf Kosinsky – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

All Small Electronics Should Have the Same Charging Port, New E.U. Rule Says

Scientific American

Policy Politics Technology ElectronicsIn a bid to reduce waste, a proposed regulation would require phones and other small electronics to switch to USB-C. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

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Towards Optimal Climate Policy, Part II

Legal Planet

In terms of advancing our understanding of how to address political feasibility in climate policy, there is an increasing amount of really important and interesting scholarship exploring the political economy of climate policy and decarbonizing economies.

Why I Was Wrong About Methane

Legal Planet

I’ve rethought that conclusion, however for a combination of policy and political economy reasons. Straddling the line between policy and politics, addressing methane also has some beneficial economic and political effects.

Opinion: So, Germany, you want to do more to tackle climate change?

A Greener Life

The most obvious action and the one with the most emissions savings would be a complete halt to its nuclear decommissioning project, but it is now so advanced that not much could be salvaged at such a late stage and most German political parties lack the bravery to take such action.

Global Climate Panel’s Report: No Part of the Planet Will be Spared

Inside Climate News

Politics & Policy Science COP26 Extreme Weather IPCC Paris AgreementA new IPCC science assessment, coming before COP26 in November, called for immediate action and showed that this summer’s extremes are only a mild preview of the decades ahead.

Towards Optimal Climate Policy, Part I

Legal Planet

In the next post, I’ll talk about adding in two additional key components: political feasibility and technological innovations. Climate policy actually requires enacting legislation, regulations, or other public actions – which means that it has to succeed in a political space.

Exxon climate obstruction laid bare in Greenpeace expose

A Greener Life

Since this expose went live, helped by the fact that British broadcaster Channel 4 News ran the story, it has caused a bit of an earthquake in US politics. Keith McCoy. Photo credit: Channel 4 News. By Anders Lorenzen.

Federal Water Tap, October 25: Warming Planet Threatens Global Political Stability, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Warn

Circle of Blue

The report, one of many recent intelligence agency activities to document these risks, underscores the complexity and deep reach of climate-water-social-political interactions. The post Federal Water Tap, October 25: Warming Planet Threatens Global Political Stability, U.S. The Rundown.

Environmentalism and the Supreme Court

Legal Planet

Litigation Politics Regulation U.S. Supreme Court Environmental History Environmental Philosophy environmental politics Supreme CourtEvery field has its texts that form part of its intellectual canon, and others that form a kind of anti-canon of rejected ideas.

Do Leaked Climate Reports Help or Hurt Public Understanding of Global Warming?

Inside Climate News

And as the severity of the climate crisis has become clearer, some environmental activists have criticized the IPCC for being too timid, and allowing political considerations to water down warnings about the urgent nature of the threat.

The Government Cut Off Water to Farmers in the Klamath Basin. It Reignited a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish

Inside Climate News

Justice Politics & Policy Science Uncategorized California Drought fish Klamath Basin Oregon waterDrought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred.

38 Top Political Tweets of the Day — #TrumpShutdown #ResignTrump

Planet Save

The post 38 Top Political Tweets of the Day — #TrumpShutdown #ResignTrump appeared first on PlanetSave. The post 38 Top Political Tweets of the Day — #TrumpShutdown #ResignTrump appeared first on PlanetSave.

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