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Climate Interventions: Carbon Dioxide Removal at Scale

From nature-based to technological solutions, carbon dioxide removal could help address the root cause of climate change by cleaning up Earth’s atmosphere. Exploring removing carbon at scale means examining the environmental, economic, and social benefits and tradeoffs. During the second panel discussion in our three-part Climate Interventions series, we will discuss issues of verification, ethics, and community engagement on an array of solutions that exist across broad geographic scales. Join a panel of experts on Monday, June 17, 8:30-10:00 a.m. MT for breakfast at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science or live online.  

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Science in an Election Year Transcript Available

We had a fantastic turnout for our Science in an Election Year panel at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, but if you missed it, you can check out the transcript of this discussion. Hear from panelists Matt Burgess, Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Futures at the University of Colorado; Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American; and Alec Tyson, Associate Director of Science and Society at Pew Research Center, as they delve into the intersection of science and politics. 

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Colorado Science Policy Fellowship

The Institute was recently awarded a grant from the National Conference of State Legislatures through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to plan and develop a Colorado science policy fellowship program that will provide legislators with direct access to scientists to support evidence-based policymaking. Check back regularly for updates on our progress.

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In the first session of our Climate Interventions series, we explore solar geoengineering approaches. Also known as solar radiation modification (SRM), it seeks to cool the planet by reflecting some of the incoming energy back to space. Our panel discusses the latest deliberations around research, governance, impacts, and more. Featuring Wil Burns, The Institute for Responsible Carbon Removal; Lisa Dilling, Environmental Defense Fund; and Shuchi Talati, The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering. 

Explore the the innovation, benefits, and tradeoffs surrounding cell-cultivated meat from the scientific challenges and government regulations to the impacts on ranching communities, public perceptions, and more. Guests included Jennifer Martin, meat safety expert and Assistant Professor at CSU and the Colorado School of Public Health, and Matt Hotze, Director of Science and Technology at the Good Food Institute. 

Watch our discussion on the roots of our current divisiveness and new ideas for reducing polarization, from the role of media to interventions that work. Our panelists examine how differing political views intersect with our values, perceptions, and identities. Speakers include Stephen Hawkins, Director of Research for More in Common, Laura Frank, Executive Director of the Colorado News Collaborative, and Jan G. Voelkel, a researcher at the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University.

Watch our discussion on how carbon capture technology has evolved, how it is being used, and the current deliberation of its benefits and tradeoffs. Guests included Will Toor, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, and Ahmed Abdulla, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Join us as we discuss the potential media threats AI tools such as ChatGPT pose to spreading misinformation and false narratives across the digital landscape. Associate Professor of Information Science Casey Fiesler talks with Institute Director Kristan Uhlenbrock from the University of Colorado where she is a leading researcher of technology ethics, internet law and policy, and online communities. From bias issues to accountability and media ethics, learn how AI will impact our ability to trust information in an increasingly polarized world.

Wolves in Colorado: The Colorado Plan

Following the passage of Proposition 114, the 2023 Draft Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan is now complete. Our panelists offer a broad overview of the plan and explore the process of reaching a consensus on this controversial issue.

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