Spring 2020 CU-Boulder ENVS 4800 Syllabus: Climate Science, Policy and Politics

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I’m teaching a new class this spring on climate. It is an upper division capstone course. I am doing some new things — flipping the classroom, running the class as a semester-long workshop and carrying individual and group projects (focused on decarbonization analyses) throughout the term.

I’ll be a lot of fun. Here is a link to the syllabus. 

Comments, suggestions welcomed!

My New Column at Forbes on Energy & Climate

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I’ve started a new column at Forbes on energy and climate. Here are my first four columns:

  • When Is Climate Change Just Weather? What Hurricane Dorian Coverage Mixes Up, On Purpose (link)
  • Democrat Climate Policies Are Ambitious But Fail The Reality Test (link)
  • The Case for a Goldilocks Carbon Tax (link)
  • The Yawning Gap Between Climate Rhetoric and Climate Action (link)

Comments welcomed and more to come!

Here We Go Again: Another Major Error Found in a Peer-Reviewed Paper Used to Support the IAAF Regulations of Female Athletes

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Last month at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, I participated in a day-long session on the regulation of female athletes, following the recent decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold the IAAF regulations targeted at Caster Semenya and others. During the session, Stéphane Bermon  of the IAAF and a chief architect of the regulations, relied heavily on a new literature review by Clark et al. 2019 in the journal Clinical Endocrinology – a group of scientists associated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – to argue that testosterone levels between males and females do not overlap.

It turns out. Clark et al. 2019 is fatally flawed. I have been in touch with Clark et al. and the editor of the journal for the past six weeks. Read on for the details, which I am publicizing for the first time today.

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