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Myanna Lahsen

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus
AUST 163

Where is the Beef? Climate Change knowledge and communication in Brazil

Myanna Lahsen Center for Earth System Science The Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE)

Abstract: Skepticism about climate science is often identified as a key obstacle to effective decision making in the U.S. and other countries. Brazil has come to be celebrated as an enlightened counter-example because climate science is largely uncontested, as reflected in analyses of climate coverage in national newspapers and in a series of international surveys performed by the Pew Center and others. However, drawing on extensive analysis of Brazilian climate politics and newspaper coverage of climate change, I reveal a deep disconnect between Brazil’s emissions profile and how climate change and related solutions are defined, a disconnect that obstructs awareness of Brazil’s single most important source of emissions: cattleraising. There will also be a discussion of broader environmental risks generated by agricultural expansion in Brazil's biodiversity hotspot, the "Cerrado" savanna biome, highlighting how Brazil’s research agendas and mass communications structures bear on the challenge of responding to the threats of resource depletion and global environmental change.

This event is hosted by the University of Connecticut Atmospheric Sciences Group (ASG) and the Department of Geography.

Contact:

Anji Seth [anji.seth@uconn.edu]

Geography Department (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Geosciences, UConn Master Calendar

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