Guest Commentary

About the author: Leading experts from a variety of fields bring their insights to The Equation, providing guest commentary on a broad range of issues that connect to our work.

Engaging Scientists in Environmental Justice Communities

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Juan Reynosa
Environmental Justice Organizer, SouthWest Organizing Project

Albuquerque, NM

The environmental movement in this country went through a major culture shift in the 1980s, when organizers of color expanded their vision and redefined their goals. Many communities of color felt that the environmental movement prioritized wildlife conservation over the protection of low-income communities, which usually experience the brunt of environmental injustices. Read More

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North Carolina Museum Bans Screening of Film “Shored Up” – Is the Political Climate a Factor?

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Ben Kalina
Director, Shored Up; Owner, Mangrove Media

Philadelphia, PA

Over the past few days I’ve had to consider the definition of several words that haven’t been part of my daily vocabulary, the biggest one being the word ‘banned.’ I’m the director of the documentary Shored Up, which has until now been a relatively uncontroversial film addressing coastal development, sea level rise, and the threat that climate change is bringing to our coastlines.  Read More

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How Accurate are Future Projections of Climate Change? A Look at Past IPCC Reports Provides Some Answers

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James J. McCarthy, chairman of UCS board of directors and professor
Biological Oceanography, Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has established a strong track record for projecting the future consequences of climate change. Though the process for producing the report can seem opaque from the outside, we can put great confidence in the body’s findings. Read More

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Creating the IPCC: How to Speak Truth to Power

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Spencer Weart, former director
Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

College Park, Maryland

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is unlike any other scientific body in the world. Its reports, which help set the agenda for international climate policy negotiations, are produced by scientists and vetted through government representatives in a process that is notoriously long and labor-intensive. As we look forward to the next round of IPCC reports, it’s worth looking back on how the institution was created. Read More

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