Events & Media: Andrew Revkin

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara




"Building the 'Knowosphere': How new ways to share and shape ideas
can help build durable progress on a finite planet"

Andrew Revkin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding,
Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies;
Founder, Dot Earth blog, The New York Times

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Steve Gaines

After two centuries of explosive growth, the planet’s human population is widely seen as cresting within the next couple of generations. A mid-range best guess for the peak remains roughly 9 billion people. There are even signs that resource-sapping activities will hit a peak as well. Lee Schipper’s work on “peak travel” offers one glimpse. But there are a host of unanswered questions: Will we overheat or innovate, conserve or despoil, crash or round the curve with a few scrapes? In a dynamic multimedia presentation, Andrew Revkin will present an optimistic, but realistic, exploration of ways to share and shape ideas that can foster progress on a finite planet. He will focus in particular on the unique role of universities as hubs of innovation, learning and, most important, doing.

Andrew Revkin is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. He has spent nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon rain forest to the troubled relationship between climate science and politics.

From1995 through 2009, he covered the environment as a staff reporter for The Times. During a quarter-century of covering global warming, he has earned most of the major awards for science journalism, as well as the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University, recognizing sustained journalistic excellence. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in far-flung places. He has also carried his journalism to a new generation in The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, the first account of Arctic climate change written for the whole family. His other books are The Burning Season, which was the basis for a much-lauded HBO film, and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast.

Revkin lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and plays in a folk-roots band, Uncle Wade.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.


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