31 Oct '16, 9pm

Dot Earth Blog: Can Science Help Communities Thrive on a Turbulent Planet?: Networks emerge aimed at linking

Science has long been focused mainly on knowledge frontiers, with universities often seeming to track “impact factors ” of published papers more than a researcher’s impact in the real word. But there’s been a welcome effort, of late, particularly in fields relevant to sustainable development, to shift priorities toward solving practical problems facing communities as humanity’s “great acceleration ” plays out in the next few decades. An early iteration of this call came in a 1997 essay on “the virtues of mundane science ” by Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael R. Dove of Yale. (I discussed the essay in a lecture last year. ) It seems such efforts are gaining steam. The White House and some partners today announced the launch of “Resilience Dialogues ” — an online portal through which communities at risk from climatic or coastal threats can ...

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