Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
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Today's advertising, lobbying, and public-relations firms help provide the rationalizations and the justifications that slow the pace of climate change action. IBES fellow Robert Brulle studies such marketing extensively, as described in The New Yorker.
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In the mid-19th century, a parade of whaling ships set sail from New England. One by one, they swept down the United States’ Atlantic coast, circled South America’s Cape Horn, and finally cruised northward, toward the Arctic edge of the Pacific Ocean.
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A handful of dedicated IBES scholars are working to trace the arc of global sea level rise: from the melting ice sheets, into the swelling oceans and onto the shores of vulnerable communities like Providence. Together, the researchers aim to chart a new course forward — staving off sea level rise where it is possible and fortifying the environments and societies where it is not.
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News from Brown

Brown professor wins prestigious Fulbright award

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Assistant Provost for Sustainability Stephen Porder will study and teach in Paris next year as a De Tocqueville Distinguished Chair.
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In Fall 2019, sustainable investing advocate and Brown instructor Cary Krosinsky approached 12 Brown University students to contribute to his recent book, "Modern China: Financial Cooperation for Solving Sustainability Challenges."
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Wind turbines in Texas, now up and running, are part of a plan the will enable the University to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, offsetting 100% of campus electricity use with renewable energy sources.
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Senior Elise Dadourian knows that our planet has a looming problem: With 10 billion mouths to feed forecasted by 2050 and a food system already made unstable by socioeconomic factors and a changing climate, food waste is a topic that everyone should be concerned about.
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In his new book, Rivers of Power, geographer Laurence C. Smith explores a sweeping natural history of the world's rivers and their ancient, complex relationship with human civilization.

Join us for a virtual book launch of Rivers of Power, to take place on YouTube on April 21, 2020 at 12:00pm (EDT).
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Assistant Provost for Sustainability, and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Environment and Society Stephen Porder has been named Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair for the Fall 2020 semester.
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President Christina H. Paxson wrote to the campus community on March 4 with an update on Brown’s efforts to confront climate change through net-zero GHG initiatives, halting investments in fossil fuel extraction in the University’s endowment and other efforts.
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News from IBES

Meredith Hastings appointed deputy director of IBES

Meredith K. Hastings, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences & Environment and Society, has agreed to serve as deputy director of IBES, effective July 1, 2020.
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News from IBES

Dov Sax appointed interim director of IBES

Dov F. Sax, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Environment and Society, has agreed to serve as interim director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), effective July 1, 2020.
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Attorney Kate Adams '86 has an impressive resume. Among other roles, she has been law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, partner at Sidley Austin LLP in New York, and senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, Inc.
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