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Science and technology are part of the American story. Innovators, explorers and researchers regularly highlight the country’s lists of Greatest Americans.
But something’s happened over the last few decades. There’s a deep skepticism – if not outright rejection – of scientific expertise. Significantly, this occurs with climate science, global warming’s origins and its effects on global communities.
The issue is politicized and an objective field finds itself in a political blender with American media reporting on “both sides of the story”. The result is stalled attempts at tackling what the scientific community warns is one of the most pressing issues of our age.
The US debate around climate science and its attitude toward scientists is partisan. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 70% of self-described liberal Democrats trust climate scientists while just 15% of conservative Republicans do.
We’re bringing a scientist, a journalist and a policy expert to a bar for an evening of conversation and insight.
You should come. This is a salon. Your voice and participation is valued.
Doors open at 6:30pm. The program runs from 7-9pm. For those who want to stay, there’s a jazz band and plenty of space at the bar to continue meeting new friends.
Disclaimer: This is a fact-based event.
Kate Marvel is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she studies current and future climate changes. She has advised journalists, artists and policymakers, written a popular science blog and several published essays, and given frequent public talks, most recently on the TED conference main stage.
Andrew Freedman is Mashable’s Senior Editor for Science and Special Projects. Prior to working at Mashable, Freedman was a Senior Science writer for Climate Central. He has also worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and Greenwire/E&E Daily. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, online at The Weather Channel, and washingtonpost.com, where he wrote a weekly climate science column for the “Capital Weather Gang” blog.
He has provided commentary on climate science and policy for Sky News, CBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera, Sirius XM Radio, PBS NewsHour, and other national and international outlets. He holds a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Marc A. Levy is Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is a political scientist focusing on how humans can better manage complex risk, and is known for work on environmental security, sustainability indicators, and global governance. Levy divides his time between interdisciplinary research, practical applications, and teaching.
He has testified before the US Congress and served on many expert bodies convened by the IPCC, US National Academy of Sciences, World Economic Forum, and others.