Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Oct 2, 2019
The most recent IPCC report on the ocean and cryosphere is among dozens released during the last 30 years, but its message is the most bold and urgent to date: If the world’s nations do not act with urgency, we – and future generations – will suffer from these changes. What can we do?, asks Fellow Cassandra Brooks.Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
Science and policy shouldn’t mix. Yet, in a recent TEDxUCSD talk, oceanographer and marine biologist Natalya Gallo spoke about the importance of scientists actively engaging in policy discussions — and how this powerful combination can solve the world’s greatest challenges.Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
This summer, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule that would drastically change the environmental review and public input process for projects in national forests. This proposal would be the biggest rollback of NEPA regulations affecting forest management in over a decade. If enacted, this new rule would allow commercial logging, the conversion of illegal off-road vehicle routes to official U.S. Forest Service roads, and other activities across large swaths of land without preparation of detailed environmental studies and the opportunity for public input, writes Fellow Nick Jensen.Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
Ekow Edzie is a recent graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the graduate school of international affairs at Tufts University. The summer after his first year at Fletcher, Edzie conducted field research on the land restitution process in Colombia using his Switzer Fellowship. He analyzed the unique challenges facing victims of land displacement in Colombia in their return to rural livelihoods and the structure of government aid intended to ensure their future success.Read more >
Aug 20, 2019
Despite constant pressure from the oil and natural gas lobby, the 2016 EPA methane standards for the oil and gas industry still stand strong, writes Fellow Sarah Smith.Read more >
Aug 10, 2019
A new study co-authored by Fellow Kendra Klein shows that the class of insecticides called neonicotinoids poses significant threats to insects, soil and water. In an op-ed with Anna Lappé for The Guardian, Klein writes that the war we are waging against nature with toxic pesticides must end.Read more >
Jul 23, 2019
Our policy engagement training partners, COMPASS, published an abridged version of a UCSD TedX Talk by Fellow Natalya Gallo. Her preparation and persistence enabled her to become a resource for international policy makers, bringing ocean science to climate discussions.Read more >
Jul 21, 2019
Uncontrolled releases of household, industrial, and agricultural chemicals during natural disasters pose an underappreciated hazard to humans and ecosystems. Fellow Kimberley Rain Miner lays out what we can do.Read more >
Jun 6, 2019
Along the shores of Long Island Sound in Connecticut, scientists are seeing decades of environmental improvements show how spring can once again become cacophonous with birds and habitats can rebound from loss. Fellow Leigh Shemitz shares her view.Read more >
May 7, 2019
Santa Cruz County residents have done a fair job of preserving nature and building a tourist economy, but the sustainability of nature tourism is at crisis point, writes Fellow Grey Hayes.Read more >

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