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Archives for May, 2007

A Hurricane is born?

Hello, everyone. My name is Norman Doering. I’m your weather watcher for the week while Chris Mooney is away. You haven’t heard from me until now because there haven’t been any new hurricanes this week. However, earlier today I was checking in on the weather sites that I promised to Chris Mooney that I would…

I’ve had fun following comments and feedback from Wednesday’s series on Framing Science. Many of you bring up excellent points and I particularly enjoy hearing from folks who do not wholeheartedly agree. It’s also encouraging that other science bloggers including PZ Myers and Coturnix are open to re-examine the concept from a different perspective. A…

What are the appropriate roles of the defense and intelligence establishments in understanding and responding to global warming? In a recent op-ed, my colleague Mark Drapeau and I reviewed a study by the CNA Corp. that highlighted the natural security threats posed by unchecked climate change. The CNA report observed (rightly, in our view) that…

Dr. Montgomery McFate, a noted anthropologist and Pentagon consultant currently based at the U.S. Institute for Peace, has pointed out an historical military role of her academic field in understanding the local populace during the Colonial period. Despite this intermingled history of anthropology and the military, however, modern-day defense policymakers and academic researchers rarely play…

Revolution

Today at 2:22 pm, I’ll have circumnavigated our sun exactly 27 times. I love discussions revolving around that spectacular star of ours, because it’s capable of altering all sorts of perspectives and intimately tied to the future of our home planet. Fast forward about 3.5 billion years and the sun’s luminosity is expected to increase…

Imagine you’re a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill.. Short on time would be an understatement. In comes Joe scientist carrying charts and referencing stats and p-values. ‘Let’s talk Global Warming!‘ Again?! He’s the fourth PhD this afternoon. Kind of seems like old news. Today’s topic is how Iran ignored the U.N. Security Council and your…

Framing III: Happy Feet

Much emphasis in traditional conservation is paced on ‘charismatic megafauna,’ meaning the species that we all know and love. The heroes of the big screen. Save the Oceans for Flipper and Free Willy. Keep those penguins marching and the polar bears drinking Coca-Cola. Market the smiling dolphins, the majestic blue whales, and those adorable baby…

There’s not a one size fits all approach to getting a message across that resonates with the public and policymakers. The idea is to ‘Frame Science’ in a language that turns people on with the goal of engaging a targeted audience to think and care about a critical issue. The magic recipe is in finding…

That’s right, I said it. Dare I broach the topic sans Chris? Is it fair to discuss Framing when he’s not here at The Intersection to reply? I think YES. Just be aware everything that follows is ‘according to Sheril’ and none of this necessarily reflects the opinions of our two favorite Framers. That said,…

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their 2007 Hurricane Forecast today predicting a 75 percent chance that the Atlantic Hurricane Season will be ‘above normal’ for this year. The season officially begins June 1 and NOAA scientists predict 13 to 17 named storms. Seven to 10 are expected to become hurricanes, of which…