The Metcalf Institute’s Annual Public Lecture Series — Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across
Monday, June 6 — Friday, June 10
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
Monday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Pausing for Debate: The Global Warming Hiatus in Scientific and Public Discourse
Last year, researchers determined that a potential global warming hiatus in the early 2000s was explained by a technical correction in observed ocean data, but the finding mushroomed into a major scientific publication that generated millions of words in public commentary. Deke Arndt, National Centers for Environmental Information, will review the scientific basis and impact of the technical correction and how the findings played out in the public conversation.
Tuesday, June 7, 3:30 p.m.
How Will Efforts to Address Climate Change Impact the Ocean?
Given the close links between Earth’s climate and ocean, climate change has already affected ocean chemistry and ecosystems. As policy makers work to limit carbon emissions, scientists are trying to predict how different approaches might affect marine biodiversity and the growth of phytoplankton, microscopic plants that drive ocean ecosystems. Jasmin John, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, will share the results of her work projecting a range of responses, with important consequences for ocean life and public health.
Wednesday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.
Flood Risk Policy and Law in the Era of Climate Change
As sea levels rise worldwide, flooding is a growing problem for communities, businesses, and policy makers, leading to broadly significant legal decisions and novel collaborations. Samantha Medlock, White House Office of Management and Budget, will summarize federal policy advancements, including the development of data, tools, and standards to support flood resilience. She also will discuss important legal developments and the role of financial markets in reducing climate impacts.
Thursday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
What Americans Really Think About Climate Change
Many scientists are frustrated by Americans’ apparent indifference to and government inaction on climate change, while policy makers continue to highlight scientific disagreement. Why this disconnect? Jon Krosnick, Stanford University, will describe the surprising results of his research on American opinion, illuminating the politics of climate change.
Friday, June 10, 11 a.m.
Uncovering Flint’s Water Disaster: Insights from the Reporter Who Broke the Story
In one of the biggest news stories of 2015, Curt Guyette reported that as many as 100,000 Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to harmful concentrations of lead in the public water supply. Guyette, Michigan ACLU, will share what he learned from reporting this public health crisis and discuss the need for watchdog-investigative reporting.