Dbytes #113 (13 August 2013)

Dbytes #113 (13 August 2013)

Info & news for members and associates of
the Environmental Decision Group

“members of the Dismissive segment
deny that climate change is occurring, perceive few risks, are negatively
predisposed to clean energy, exhibit low trust in authorities, have little
knowledge about climate change, express very low levels of concern, and engage
in few adaptive responses to climate change. They also tend to possess strong
anti-green values and attitudes, making it challenging for social marketers to
constructively engage with this group.”

Hine et al (see item 3 and then take a peek at item 5)

General News

1.
Effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities’ protection in
Australia (A Senate Committee report)

2. 100 Influential Papers (British Ecological
Society)

3. Enhancing climate change communication: Strategies for profiling and
targeting Australian interpretive communities (NCCARF report).

4. The Honest Broker: Science and Politics.
Roger Pielke Jr

5. The State of the Climate

6. Science and policy (on RN’s Ockham’s Razor)

EDG News (more details on these items follows general
news)

Perth:
Richard Hobbs delivers plenary in Bogota

Brisbane:
Kerrie Wilson finalist in 2013 Eureka Awards

Canberra: Lindenmayer and Likens say: Don’t do big-data science backwards

Melbourne: RMIT & UM in technical briefing on clearing
of native veg

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General News

1.
Effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities’ protection in
Australia (A Senate Committee report)

This Australian Government Senate Committee report is dry and bureaucratic but
details a review of how the Australian Government approaches the management of
threatened species and a range of related issues. Mick McCarthy and several
other EDG researchers made significant contributions to the review which is
reflected in the report’s recommendations.

http://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/senate_committees?url=ec_ctte/completed_inquiries/2010-13/threatened_species/report/index.htm

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2.
100 Influential Papers (British Ecological Society)

[recommended by Karen Mustin]

In celebration of 100 years of the British
Ecological Society, BES have compiled a “book” of 100 influential papers
published in those 100 years. This is a fantastic resource, for ecologist and
non-ecologist alike.

http://www.festivalofecology.org/100InfluentialPapers/100InfluentialPapers.html#1

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3.
Enhancing climate change communication: Strategies for profiling and targeting
Australian interpretive communities (NCCARF report).

This research aimed to provide practical information about how to design
communications on climate change adaptation and target these to the Australian
population. This was achieved by: (1) identifying and increasing awareness of
different climate change audiences in Australia, and (2) evaluating how each
audience responds to different types of climate change messages

Reference

Hine, DW, Phillips, WJ, Reser, JP, Cooksey, RW, Marks, ADG, Nunn, PD, Watt,
SE and Ellul, MC 2013, Enhancing climate change communication: Strategies
for profiling and targeting Australian interpretive communities
, National
Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

http://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/enhancing-climate-change-communication-strategies

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4. The Honest Broker: Science and
Politics. Roger Pielke Jr

[Recommended by Sonya Duus]

Scientists, and experts more generally, have choices about the roles that they
play in today’s political debates on topics such as global warming, genetically
modified foods, and food and drug safety, just to name a few. At this Lowy
Lecture, Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Roger
Pielke discusses how we can understand these choices, their theoretical and
empirical bases, what considerations are important to think about when
deciding, and the consequences for the individual scientist and the broader
scientific enterprise.

http://blip.tv/slowtv/the-honest-broker-science-and-politics-roger-pielke-jr-5953305

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5. The State of the Climate

Published annually as a special supplement to
the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Ref: Blunden, J., and D. S. Arndt, Eds., 2013: State
of the Climate in 2012. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94 (8), S1-S238.

The United States and Argentina had their warmest year on record. Arctic sea ice extent reaches record low. Ocean heat
content remains near record levels. Sea level reaches record high.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2012.php

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6. Science and policy (on RN’s Ockham’s
Razor)

[Recommended by Dean Ansell]

Herbert Huppert is Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge University and the
University of New South Wales. In his talk today he suggests that scientists
and policy-makers are incompatible and that good communication between these
two groups are generally not the norm. Professor Huppert describes the
differences between them and suggests how communication could be improved.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/science-and-policy/4875660

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