Arctic Science in the New Communication Climate

Plenary Session 4. October 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016: 13:00 – 13:45

Better communication about climate science and the Arctic is crucial to public understanding of the need for global action. This plenary will feature a lively dialogue between Harvard University climate scientist Daniel Schrag and New York Times science writer Andrew Revkin on how both sides can improve public discourse in a changing media climate. Harvard Kennedy School organized this session;HKS senior fellow Cristine Russell will moderate.

Mr. Revkin, a Guggenheim Fellow, is known for his coverage of climate change, the Amazon rainforest, science and politics as a reporter for the New York Times, as well as for his book The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World and his blog Dot Earth. What is the current status of Arctic science today, and how can we understand the diverse dynamics of dissemination by which is it portrayed and comes to influence public opinion and politics? The session will include time for audience Q&A.


  • Andrew Revkin, New York Times columnist, Dot Earth global blog; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University
  • Daniel P. Schrag, Director, Center for the Environment and the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, Harvard University; Member of the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) 


  • Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Harvard Kennedy School; former National Science Reporter for the Washington Post