Monday, June 03, 2013

How scientists can talk about public policy

The latest episode of the Climate Report (mp3), a monthly podcast hosted to Tom Bowman, features a fun interview with yours truly about the risks and benefits of scientists' engaging with public policy.

After opening with a discussion of my own path to research on climate change and coral reefs, we go into details on the value of adopting a 'scientific' approach to policy judgements, the risk of 'stealth' issue advocacy (a term coined by Roger Pielke Jr.), the benefits of communications training, and the importance of engaging with the public without disengaging from science

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