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Communication, Culture & Politics in the Anthropocene
Communication, Culture & Politics in the Anthropocene

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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss a new study w/ Ezra Markowitz examining the factors shaping AAAS members' political engagement and public outreach.

https://theconversation.com/inside-americas-science-lobby-what-motivates-aaas-members-to-engage-the-public-38065

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Excited to see AAAS calling on its members to focus on public communication and engagement and curious to see what is next.  For lessons from history and research to inform planning and strategy, see our 2009 paper.

http://climateshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/NisbetScheufele2009_WhatsNextScienceCommunication_AmericanJournalBotany.pdf
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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss recent studies that provide insight on how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have shaped the direction of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru this week. The new focus on human rights, however, is not without major risks, threatening to derail the already fragile negotiations among countries.

https://theconversation.com/talking-climate-change-in-lima-who-is-pushing-for-what-34938

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“We’re well past the point where messaging the science or trying to communicate about the science more effectively is going to change anyone’s opinions,” says Northeastern University communication scholar Matthew Nisbet. “If anything, that’s going to move people to the poles." That's what I told Marketplace radio last night in a segment on our predictably irrational response to climate politics and dropping gas prices. Others interviewed include Duke's Dan Ariely, UCLA's Matthew Kahn, UMass' Ezra Markowitz, and risk comm consultant David Ropeik. 

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/low-gas-prices-exciting-global-warming-borrring

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With Republicans taking the Senate, liberals and environmentalists will be forced to rethink their no compromise commitment to blocking the Keystone pipeline and (hopefully) remain open to negotiations and deals that might be able to be struck on climate and energy related policy.  But the demonization of Republicans that is likely to ratchet up at MSNBC and elsewhere, as I argued in a column last week at The Conversation US, is likely to intensify anger among liberals at any discussion of compromise on climate change.  As UPenn's Diana Mutz wrote about media polarization nearly a decade ago: “A belief that one’s side has experienced an illegitimate loss … prompts the losing partisans to become increasingly angry...At this point it is no longer about differing political philosophies; it is about right versus wrong, truth versus deceit, good versus evil.” +The Breakthrough Institute +Dan Kahan https://theconversation.com/fox-news-seeds-climate-doubts-but-liberal-media-also-distort-33565

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In my latest column at The Conversation, I discuss what might be the biggest (and most overlooked) climate change related story of the midterm elections. 
https://theconversation.com/republican-charlie-bakers-win-in-liberal-massachusetts-offers-path-forward-on-climate-change-33779

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