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    Germany’s Energiewende and Its Discontents

    As one of the world's largest economies transitions to clean energy, Germany's ambitious goals face a number of hurdles.

    CSPO scholar and School of Sustainability Ph.D. student Christine Sturm takes a close look at Germany’s energy system experiment in a new essay for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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    Pressure to Publish

    Current trajectories threaten science with drowning in the noise of its own rising productivity, according to CSPO's Dan Sarewitz.

    A new Nature article by Dan Sarewitz, suggests that the pressure to publish in the scientific community has led to a growing body of poor work. “Avoiding this destiny will, in part, require much more selective publication,” wrote Sarewitz. “We can start by publishing less, and less often.”

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    What an Invasive Species in Nepal Teaches Us About Climate Adaptation

    ASU-led research in Nepal offers insights into how communities worldwide can deal with climate challenges.

    In a new piece for Slate‘s Future Tense channel, Netra Chhetri and Jason Lloyd argue that addressing current environmental challenges, like invasive species, will help communities better adapt to a warmer future.

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    A Compelling New Vision for Climate Adaptation

    A new report from ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and The Breakthrough Institute calls for innovative adaptation efforts to deal with climate risks.

    A new report published by ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and The Breakthrough Institute calls for an improved framework for climate adaptation in the 21st century. The report highlights successful climate adaptations around the world, connects them to robust social and economic development efforts, and explores what they mean for helping communities to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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    After Paris: Energy, Carbon & Society in Global Transition

    Energy and Society Symposium

    SFIS presented the “After Paris: Energy, Carbon, & Society In Global Transition” energy symposium featuring two dynamic speakers,  on February 23. Stephanie LeMenager’s talk, Zombie Fuel was on living oil, casting the modern energy system and aspirations for a renewable future. Richard Rhodes’ talk, “The Light of New Fires” focused on energy challenges of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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    CSPO Launches New Book in The Rightful Place of Science Series

    "Science on the Verge" analyzes the ongoing crisis in science and science-based policy, and what can be done about it.

    This provocative new volume in the Rightful Place of Science book series examines the crisis looming over the scientific enterprise. Not a day passes without news of retractions, failed replications, fraudulent peer reviews, or misinformed science-based policies. The social implications are enormous, yet the crisis has remained uncharted—until now.

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Blog: As We Now Think


Teaching Bioethics With Pool Noodles

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society joined with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination to host a “ScribbleBot” activity on the Night of the Open Door at ASU’s Tempe Campus, February 27, 2016. (Reposted with permission; originally posted on medium.com)   Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein isn’t just a parable about scientific hubris. […]

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What’s the real risk from consumer drones this holiday season?

This holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is estimating that over one million small “Unmanned Aerial Systems” (sUAS’s) – drones, to the rest of us – will be sold to consumers. But as hordes of novice pilots take to the air, just how safe are these small bundles of metal, plastic, video cameras and […]

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Global breadbaskets at risk from unchecked greenhouse gas emissions

“Different regions around the world are poised to experience climate change differently, and the risks depend on both the climate change experienced, and the human systems on the ground there.” Our new study shows trouble ahead for feeding the world under a warmer climate, with yields for staple grains declining more sharply with greater warming […]

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