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Apr 13, 2017
We are all aware of the myriad threats to environmental protection, clean air and water, community health and assaults upon open government and policy processes that are unfolding with lightning speed under the Trump administration. As Switzer Fellows, we have an opportunity now to unite in support...Read more >
Mar 29, 2017
While burning fossil fuels produces benefits, such as powering the electric grid and fueling cars, it also generates widespread costs to society – including damages from climate change that affect people around the world now and in the future. Public policies that reduce carbon pollution deliver benefits by avoiding these damages. Fellow Joe Aldy argues that President Trump's executive order to reverse Obama-era rules to cut carbon pollution is missing a key element of the equation.Read more >
Mar 26, 2017
Many scientists fear repercussions from engaging around contentious subjects like climate change—anything from losing connections and opportunities, to jeopardizing their careers and credibility. But there are still productive conversations to be had, even in highly politicized environments. This interview by our communications training partner, COMPASS, provides insight into how to prepare to share science around politicized subjects.Read more >
Mar 16, 2017
Make no mistake, writes Fellow Heather Coleman of Oxfam America, the President’s skinny budget is climate denialism in action. It essentially zeros out all international climate programs while slashing US climate funding, effectively prioritizing ideology over morality.Read more >
Mar 7, 2017
The new Interior Secretary likes regulation, sort of, and energy production a lot. He sounds ready to break through regulatory and policy gridlock in many rural communities. The question remains, though, whether his publicized love of the outdoors and hunting makes him a fighter for the environment, writes Fellow Jessica Hall.Read more >
Mar 7, 2017
Fellow Ryan Carle recently posted a request on our listserv for advice about crowdsourcing fundraising for conservation. Below is his original post and the responses he received from other Fellows. We are republishing them here because we thought the exchange might be useful to other Fellows in the future and invite you to add ideas or resources in the comments section.Read more >
Mar 1, 2017
How did 24 diverse countries, including Russia, China, and the United States, come to agree to protect 1.55 million km2 of the Southern Ocean, more than 70% of which will be closed to commercial fishing? How did the US and Russia find common ground in the Southern Ocean, when it has been so difficult in other diplomatic arenas? Fellow Cassandra Brooks has an interesting answer.Read more >
Feb 28, 2017
Environmental regulations save our country money, provide jobs, and ensure the health of all animals, plants and the humans who see clean air, water and soil as an American right. The EPA needs a leader who will defend that right, write Dianne Kopec and Fellow Aram Calhoun.Read more >
Feb 21, 2017
Fellow Sarah Reed argues for providing local communities in Colorado with the resources they need — including information about where important wildlife habitats are located, and planning tools and technical assistance to protect those habitats — to achieve a reasonable balance between conservation and development.Read more >
Feb 21, 2017
California’s scientists, government and civil society have a long history of supporting vibrant public conversations that include scientists and then taking action on science-based facts. We need to expand this model beyond our state borders, writes Fellow Amy Luers.Read more >

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