Mar 14, 2017
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In episode 33 of America
Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Katharine
Mach, Director of Stanford Environment Assessment Facility -
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and former Co-Director
of the Working Group
II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- ADAPTATION ON CAMPUS - Doug and Katharine discuss how
adaptation is an emerging academic area of study on campus and what
sorts of programs are now available to students.
- HARVARD, STANFORD THEN THE IPCC – Katharine discusses her own
academic history and how she was recruited to join the staff of the
- HOLISTIC ADAPTATION - Adaptation requires integrating various
disciplines in both research and implementation and Katharine
describes her experiences.
- BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER – Katharine describes ‘synthesis’ and
the role it plays in the IPCC process. Learn the inner workings of
the IPCC and the challenges of collaborating across cultures and
- CLIMATEGATE – Doug and Katharine discuss the fall out of the
Climategate scandal and what institutional changes it led to
and also the challenges of doing sound science on such a highly
- ON THE GROUND IN MOROCCO - Katharine discusses traveling to
Marrakesh, Morocco, where the world’s climate community was
following up the historic Paris Climate Agreement. She describes
landing in Morocco on the day of the US election and talking with
representatives from other countries on what the election of Trump
- MISSION PARIS – Katharine describes the truly historic process
behind the Paris climate agreement and what happens next.
- CHINA STEPPING UP – As the role of the US becomes increasingly
uncertain, Doug and Katharine talk about the steps China is taking
to mitigate its carbon footprint.
- CAUTIOUS IPCC - Doug discusses with Katharine the IPCC’s
reputation as being too cautious in its models, demonstrating the
constraints of a report published once every five years.
- HIGH AND LOW ADAPTATION – Katharine discusses developing
metrics for identifying adaptation actions that factor in future
biological and socioeconomic factors. What steps will future
societies take to adapt to climate change?
- ADAPTATION ELEVATOR SPEECH – Katharine discusses her own
experiences communicating climate change and adaptation and
highlights some of the leading communicators in the field. We also
discuss communicating climate change with skeptics, and how
skepticism has developed into a truly western phenomenon.
- MARCHING FOR SCIENCE – Doug and Katharine briefly discuss the
upcoming march for sciencehttps://www.marchforscience.com/
in Washington, DC and the challenges of being apolitical in an
increasingly politicized society.
- ADAPT OR MITIGATE – Katharine weighs in the on the tension
between carbon mitigation and the need to adapt to climate impacts
“The IPCC is a grand partnership between the governments of the
world and the scientists of the world.”
Additional Segment: Dan Ackerstein
and Tim Watkins join Doug to discuss recent comments by the new
Administrator of the EPA,
Scott Pruitt. Pruitt, in no uncertain terms, comments that he
doesn’t think humans are the major contributors to global
warming. Dan, Tim and Doug discuss the implications of these
IPCC Report on Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and
Stanford Woods Institute Adaptation Memo
Dr. Katharine Mach
Additional Information on Dr. Mach
Dr. Mach’s CV
EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt’s comments on global warming:
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