Annual Lecture Series 2005

June 21-25, 2005

Print Journalism on the Precipice
Walter Shapiro, Political Journalist, Author of One-Car CaravanWhat is the future of print journalism in an age of bloggers, combative cable TV, talk radio, and partisan polemics? Is traditional reporting doomed in the face of cynical spin, omnipresent secrecy, and a disinterested public? Shapiro, former USA Today political columnist, will describe the challenges facing the press as distrust of the media grows and circulation withers. (Lecture Summary)
Population Growth: The Forgotten Environmental Crisis
Fred Meyerson, Ph.D., J.D., Georgetown UniversityThe media reports global population as leveling off and declining within a few decades. In fact, stabilization is not certain, and the projections themselves may lead to complacency. Each year, U.S. population grows by more than 3 million, increasing oil imports, greenhouse gases, and environmental and economic pressures. Meyerson will explain these complex issues and some population policy options. (Lecture Summary)
Some Say By Fire: Climate Change and the American Response
James Gustave Speth, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
A quarter century has passed since the National Academy of Sciences held the first panel on climate change, but the U.S. has yet to face this serious environmental problem, despite the fact that most of the research that has led advanced nations to act has been done in the U.S. We have elected leaders in the Presidency and Congress who prefer to ignore this threat. What now? (Lecture Summary)
The Market-Based Approach to Environment
John Fialka, Energy and Environment Reporter, Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau
Cap-and-trade emissions trading systems are designed to remove mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides from the air and reduce the flow of interstate pollutants from coal-fired plants in the South and Midwest. Unpopular with some environmentalists, these systems are also the basis for Europe’s response to Kyoto. Fialka will describe market incentives that successfully spur development of renewable energy. (Lecture Summary)
People and Fish: The Environmental Cost of Consumption
Ellen K. Pikitch, Executive Director, Pew Institute of Ocean Science, and Professor, University of Miami Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
The oceans’ productive capacity has been outstripped by consumers. Fish are the major source of protein for two-thirds of the world’s population and vital to the economies and security of many nations. Key marine fish populations, once the mainstay of coastal economies, are collapsing. Pikitch will discuss how the dynamics between fisheries and consumers may be altered. (Lecture Summary)

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