Why the thawing arctic matters, and how to communicate it: A talk with Eli Kintisch, an award-winning correspondent for Science Magazine


The Arctic is warming at twice the global average rate, but the effects of its thaw could affect billions far from its frozen shores. In this talk, Kintisch explored the Arctic’s history and modern unraveling through photos, video footage and tales of Arctic inhabitants, explorers and scientists.

Kintisch, Yale College ’99 (Ezra Stiles), also discussed the challenge of reaching audiences on climate change using stories from the Arctic. Based in Washington D.C., Kintisch has traveled to seven Arctic nations since 2013 to witness the thawing first hand. Last year, an article he wrote on how the Arctic might be impacting global weather was included in the annual Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

The talk was hosted by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Campus Consortium Partnership.  Kintisch’s presentation was followed by a conversation with Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the YPCCC, Jon Sawyer (Yale College ’74 [Morse]), Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center, and Bud Ward, Editor of Yale Climate Connections, YPCCC’s online news service and national radio broadcast.

The talk was held on December 1st, 2016 at The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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