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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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Andy: Keep up the great work in tracking, analyzing, and curating debate and discussion about the Anthropocene. Among uses, these interviews are an amazing resource for college teaching with this interview on tap to be shown this week in my course on "Environmental and Risk Communication in the Anthropocene": http://climateshiftproject.org/envriskcomm/
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+Matthew Nisbet +Andrew Revkin I am noticing considerable pushback at the local level against the term anthropocene by environmentalists with a strong "back to nature" tilt.   The material at this link was posted to Facebook by one such person: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-01-12/lives-not-our-own

"Keeping the Wild was conceived to confront the notion of human hegemony and also to join the growing conversation within the conservation movement about the so-called Anthropocene. That word describing the age of human dominion of Earth has been embraced by some academics, journalists, and environmentalists and is increasingly used to conceptualize, and often to justify, further domestication of the planet."

In my opinion, part of the problem stems from the fact that at first glance the word "anthropocene" is incomprehensible to most people.  Geological epochs generally use terminology that are obscure to most non scientists. 

Most of the time, wouldn't it be better to talk about "human caused"?
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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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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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I think that one of the most concerning votes to come up may be on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, approval for which, the oligarchial side of Obama may be happier with more Koch-Republicans around.  And Hillary Clinton may not be all that dismayed either, especially since the election knocked out some potential competitors: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/us/politics/midterms-for-clinton-aides-arent-all-gloom-.html.
We have two entrenched political parties that don't really reflect the demographics of the country.
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Acadia is truly a beautiful areas and NP. Did you eat any of the famous popovers at the park? Be sure to check out the southern end of the park, around the Bass Harbor and Seawall Road area, too. Some pretty cool out-of-the-way areas. Neat historic house (part of the NP) to tour, too. 
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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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I think it will be interesting to see what role former NJ congressman, research physicist and teacher Rush Holt will play as AAAS CEO and executive publisher of Science.
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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
Falling gas prices have been big news all week, but as the mid-term elections showed, for American voters, the flip side of cheap gas -- climate change – is a low urgency issue.
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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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In the climate debate, the strong reliance by conservatives on Fox News will continue to be a major obstacle to political progress. Yet as I argue in my Age of Us column at +The Conversation today, the less examined impact of left-leaning media on politically active liberals - including activists and donors among their ranks – deserves serious attention, even if for many of us such possibilities are inconvenient to consider.
https://theconversation.com/fox-news-seeds-climate-doubts-but-liberal-media-also-distort-33565
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The Age of Us: Communication, culture, and politics in the Anthropocene.

That's the name of my new regular column at The Conversation US launching today. The column and platform joins a global network of Conversation news sites following a launch last year into the UK and the initial 2011 launch in Australia. Monthly audience is 2 million users on site, with a reach through republication of 10 million.
The US newsroom is hosted by Boston University's College of Communication, and the editorial team is led by Margaret Drain, formerly Executive Producer and Vice President of National Programs at WGBH.

The Conversation's content is authored by credentialed subject matter specialists from the university and research world and curated by professional editors. Funding for the Conversation US is provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
https://theconversation.com/can-people-power-drive-action-on-climate-change-33155
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Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C. As of Fall 2014, he will be Associate Professor of Communication Studies,Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Nisbet studies the role of communication, journalism and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over climate change, energy, and sustainability. The author of more than 70 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, he holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Communication from Cornell University and an AB in Government from Dartmouth College.

Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and an Osher Fellow at The Exploratorium science center. He is a past member of the National Academies Roundtable Committee on Public Interfaces in the Life Sciences, and is currently an affiliate researcher at the Center for Climate Communication at George Mason University, and an affiliate faculty member with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet’s research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism.” According to Reuters Web of Knowledge, Nisbet’s research has been cited in the peer-reviewed literature more than 1300 times (H-Index = 20), and according to Google Scholar more than 3800 times (H-Index = 28). These metrics place him among the top 1 percent of communication researchers worldwide.

Nisbet has given invited lectures on more than three dozen college campuses worldwide and at many other scholarly and professional venues. He  is a contributor of analysis and commentary to a variety of news outlets, writes the The Public Square blog at The Breakthrough Institute, and is a contributor to Ensia, a web magazine focused on environmental science and solutions published by the Institute for the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Nisbet’s consulting experience includes research and analysis on behalf of the National Academies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, and other public and private sector clients.

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