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Fall Schedule 2016

STEP seminars are held in Wallace Hall 300 (unless specified otherwise )
12 noon until 1pm
(Lunch is served at 11:45a)

September 19th, 2016
"Where is the beef? Climate Change Knowledge and Communication in Brazil."

Myanna Lahsen

Senior Associate Researcher
Center for Earth System Science
Brazilian Institute for Space Research
Sao Jose doe Campos, Brazil

Skepticism about climate science is often identified as a key obstacle to effective decision making in the U.S. and other countries. Brazil has come to be celebrated as an enlightened counter-example because climate science is largely uncontested, as reflected in analyses of climate coverage in national newspapers and in a series of international surveys performed by the Pew Center and others. However, drawing on extensive analysis of Brazilian climate politics and newspaper coverage of climate change, I reveal a deep disconnect between Brazil’s emissions profile and how climate change and related solutions are defined in ways that obstruct awareness of Brazil’s single most important source of emissions: cattle-raising. During the talk, I will also discuss broader environmental risks generated by agricultural expansion in Brazil's biodiversity hotspot, the "Cerrado" savanna biome, to highlight how Brazil’s research agendas and mass communications structures bear on the challenge of responding to the threats of resource depletion and global environmental change.

October 10th, 2016
 "Wildlife Conservation in Asia: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

David Wilcove
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and
Public Affairs
Princeton University

October 17th, 2016
" A Quantitative Menu Of Items For A Climate-Friendly Global Agricultural System In 2050: A Wedges Analysis In Princeton Lingo"

Tim Searchinger

Research Scholar
STEP Program/ Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University


October 24th, 2016
" What's at Stake for the Environment in the 2016 Presidential Election- A Panel discussion with Michael Oppenheimer, Robert Keohane and Sarah Schindler"

Michael Oppenheimer - Princeton University
Robert Keohane - Princeton University
Sarah Schindler -  Professor of Law - University of Maine School of Law

This program is co-sponsored with Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)

November 7th, 2016
"Optimizing the Conservation, Social, and Economic Functions of Tropical Forestry "

Zuzana Burivalova

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
STEP Program, Princeton University

November 14th, 2016
" New Evidence on the Economic Impacts of Climate Change"

Marshall Burke

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth System Science and
Center Fellow- Center on Food Security and the Environment
Stanford University

November 21st, 2016
"TBA  "

Robert Michael Boddey

Research Scientist
EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation)
Brasilia, Brazil




November 28th, 2016
"Climate, Air Quality and Health Implications of China's Energy Future."

Denise Mauzerall

Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University

December 5th, 2016
" Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Climate Effects From Several Mitigation Interventions in the United States"

Inez Azevedo

Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and
Co-Director of the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making
Carnegie Mellon University

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