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University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group (CCRG)

The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) is a loose association of faculty and graduate students at the University of Oregon working on climate change from the full range of disciplinary perspectives. The CCRG has two major "programs" - a monthly speaker colloquium for faculty and graduate students and an annual Symposium at which faculty and graduate students have an opportunity to present their research to the University community.

Events During AY2015/2016

  • November 3, Tuesday, 1-2pm: Troy Campbell, UO School of Business, PLC-905 (9th floor of PLC)
    "Solution Aversion" a theory of "Implication Management", see https://today.duke.edu/2014/11/solutionaversion
  • November 17, 2015, Tuesday, 1-2pm: Gulcan Cil (US Environmental Protection Agency and UO Department of Economics) and Trudy Cameron (UO Department of Economics)
    Location: Leona Tyler Room, Grad School building (small building behind Art Museum toward EMU)
    "Heat Waves: Some Potential Effects of Climate Change on Abnormal Birth Outcomes and Adverse Maternal Health Conditions” - PAPER
  • February 2, 2016, Tuesday, 2-3pm (note time!): Ole Laegreid, University of Gothenburg, Political Science
    Location: Chapman Hall Room 123 (Chapman Hall is the Honors College building) (NOTE LOCATION)
    "The GDP-CO2 Relationship Revised: Examining Long-Term Correlation and Asymmetry with a Heterogeneous Panel Estimator"
    Paper available here.
  • February 16, 2016, Tuesday, 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Naomi Klein
    Location: Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Ballroom
    "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate"
    Sponsored by Oregon Humanities Center -- tickets required but sold out
  • 5th Annual UO Climate Change Research Symposium, February 17th, 2016:  

    Final schedule is now available HERE.

    Location: Museum of Natural and Cultural History - University of Oregon
    This Symposium is an opportunity for University of Oregon faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates to present their research on climate-change-related issues. It is a great opportunity to both present your own research and learn from the numerous other scholars working at UO on the issue of global climate change. Please plan on attending!
    More details available at https://climatechange.uoregon.edu/2016-Symposium

  • March 7th, Monday, 12-1:30pm Aranzazu Lascurain, UO ENVS Masters degree
    Location: Columbia 249
    “What Does Climate Adaptation in Natural Ecosystems Look Like?”
    Sponsored in collaboration with ENVS Brown Bag Seminar Series
  • March 14th, Monday, 12-1:00pm David Schlosberg, University of Sydney, Professor of Environmental Politics and Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute (UO PhD in Political Science)
    Location: Peterson 103

    Title: "Adaptation Policy and Community Discourse in Australia: Risk, Vulnerability, and Just Transformation"
    Abstract: This paper examines the specific concerns and normative foundations for adaptation policy articulated by community groups and individuals engaged in adaptation planning, and finds a broad concern with the vulnerability of basic capabilities. This contrasts with the norm of a risk or resilience-based approach, which focuses more directly on infrastructure resilience and emergency response than on vulnerability and the preservation of capabilities. We assess two sources of community discourse. First, we offer a content analysis comparison of climate change adaptation plans (CCAP) developed by local councils on the one hand and the websites, Facebook and Twitter feeds of environmental and community advocacy groups in Australia. Second, we worked with the City of Sydney, Australia, to develop and run a deliberative community adaptation policy consultation process. Using Q methodology and discourse mapping, we examine the preferences of individual participants with regard to adaptation policy priorities both before and after the deliberative process, noting shifts in both the discourses and individuals within them. We also examine the consensus statement and policy recommendations put together by citizens as part of the deliberative process for indications of an interest in addressing the vulnerability of basic capabilities to the impacts of climate change. 
    Biosketch: Prof. David Schlosberg is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Department of Political Science and is now Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is the author of Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism (1999) and Defining Environmental Justice (2007); co-author of Green States and Social Movements (2003) and Climate-Challenged Society (2013); and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (2011), Political Animals and Animal Politics (2014), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016). His current work focuses on justice and adaptation, theoretical implications of the Anthropocene, and environmentalism and everyday life. His most recent article, on ‘The New Environmentalism of Everyday Life’ is available open access from Contemporary Political Theory.
  • April 26, 2016 (11am-12noon): Andreas Malm, Human Geography and Human Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
    Location: Columbia Hall, Room 249
    Talking on his new book: Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
    The more we know about the catastrophic implications of climate change, the more fossil fuels we burn. How did we end up in this mess?  In this masterful new history, Andreas Malm claims it all began in Britain with the rise of steam power. But why did manufacturers turn from traditional sources of power, notably water mills, to an engine fired by coal? Contrary to established views, steam offered neither cheaper nor more abundant energy—but rather superior control of subordinate labour. Animated by fossil fuels, capital could concentrate production at the most profitable sites and during the most convenient hours, as it continues to do today. Sweeping from nineteenth-century Manchester to the emissions explosion in China, from the original triumph of coal to the stalled shift to renewables, this study hones in on the burning heart of capital and demonstrates, in unprecedented depth, that turning down the heat will mean a radical overthrow of the current economic order.

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