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What can we do if someone on TV says that climate change is a myth? How can the scientific community and science communicators react to such claims? And how can they broadcast the actual facts ignored by an army of climate change deniers? During a recent workshop, the students of ITMO University's Science Communication Master's program were guided by climatologist Alexander Chernokulsky as they analyzed a recent news report to develop a strategy for researchers and communicators.
Yesterday, on October 5, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to scientists who contributed to “our understanding of complex systems.” Here is our take on what this contribution was and how everyone will benefit from it.
Upon completion of the course, students presented their own ideas on how to expand the course program. Read on to learn more about the course, its main mission, and feedback from students.
ITMO University’s Science Communication Center is launching a six-week course for everyone who’s interested in climate change, wants to learn more about it, and make a difference. Learn more about the course in this ITMO.NEWS article.
Climate change, global warming, and other environmental issues remain constant hot topics all around the world. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recently published its latest assessment report, calling for immediate action against global warming. An increase of global temperature, even by a mere 1.5 degree Celsius, could have disastrous and irreversible consequences. Experts from Russia and Germany met at ITMO University to participate in a roundtable on climate change. One of the event’s speakers was Viktor Gorny, a researcher at the Scientific Research Center for Ecological Safety at the Russian Academy of Sciences (SRCES RAS), who reported how climate change would affect the citizens of St. Petersburg.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics went to US scientists William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer for integrating climate change and technological innovations, respectively, into long-run macroeconomic analysis. Elena Budrina, head of the Bachelor’s degree program “Technological Innovations Management” at ITMO University, spoke with ITMO.NEWS about the American scientists’ achievement and how the University is taking on global economic trends.
This end of February has become St. Petersburg’s coldest in the past several decades. According to Alexander Kolesov, Chief Meteorologist at the Northwest Center of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, we last had such cold weather back in 1955. Europe experienced a drop in temperature as well; actually, the recent cyclone even got a nickname, the Beast from the East. So, what is happening to the climate, and how will these global changes affect St. Petersburg? During a lecture at the Institute of Design & Urban Studies, Artem Pavlovsky, climatologist and member of the State Research and Design Center of St. Petersburg Master Plan, talked about the reasons behind climate change, and its effect on the development of urban territories.
These days, all sorts of strange things happen with the weather: sometimes it's +12 Celsius in December and July alike. Many, jokingly, relate this to "global warming". But is this really just a joke? Over the last 150 years, the average temperature of Earth has increased by one degree Celsius, and by 2 degrees in the Arctic. Is this related to extreme weather, like a freezing summer or a warm December in Russia, or -30 degrees Celsius in the U.S? And what dangers will come as a result of this temperature rise.