Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Aug 15, 2017
Fellow Laura Wisland says losing solar energy during the eclipse isn't a big deal for grid operators in California and elsewhere, since they can take advantage of a range of alternative options for electricity generation. However, she is hoping the state can back-fill the lost power by convincing Californian's to use less power during the two-hour eclipse window.Read more >
Aug 15, 2017
Living on the edge of urban sprawl in Los Angeles inevitably means dealing with the wild creatures who have lived here for thousands of years before homes were built, including rodents. But using anticoagulant rodenticide to control the rat and mouse population around homes can expose pets and local wildlife to this deadly poison, writes Fellow Nancy Steele.Read more >
Aug 14, 2017
The U.S. agricultural system is highly productive, yet many current practices are associated with degradation to water, air, soil and biodiversity. This can change. Studies show that organic farming practices can reduce negative environmental impacts and also can be applied within conventional operations to improve sustainability. Let’s be aware of the facts and use that knowledge to work together to produce food in a way that does not stress our environment, but that nourishes and fosters the health of our world and of our world’s population, writes Fellow Jessica Shade.Read more >
Jul 1, 2017
Fellow Kelly Levin says the process of opposing red and blue teams — the consensus on one side with an equal number of opponents on the other — might work well to encourage new ideas and test the strength of existing ideas but has no place in determining the science of a changing climate.Read more >
Jun 23, 2017
Fellow Sarah Myhre writes on what it means to her to be a trusted public source of information on climate change. She writes "you cannot just be a content expert. You must also be a person. To earn trust in the public eye, you have to disclose your conflicts of interest. You must embrace transparency. You must articulate the limits of your expertise. You must come to see the line separating evidence and your own ideology."Read more >
May 27, 2017
Fellow Mike Wilson, a former professional firefighter, paramedic and EMT, writes about the updated safety requirements for high-hazard industries-- and says the Republican decision to strike them down and delay updates for two more years is misguided.Read more >
Apr 25, 2017
Fellow Shaye Wolf wrote an op-ed for The Mercury News leading up to the March for Science on why she was marching. She wrote, "Science has intensely personal consequences for our health, our families, and our world, no matter what political party we belong to. We all need it — and now we have to fight for it."Read more >
Apr 19, 2017
Reducing the complexity of research on ocean ecosystems does not mean dumbing down your science, it means delivering science in a series of short chapters. If you can get the readers hooked, and don’t confuse them, you can tell a complex story. But that takes work and training that many scientists don’t have, writes Fellow Linwood Pendleton.Read more >
Apr 14, 2017
Fellow Ayana Johnson, one of the co-leaders of the March for Science in April 2017, writes in Scientific American that the anti-science stance of the current administration—silencing scientists, removing data from federal websites, proposing drastic funding cuts—hits her core.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 >

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