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Pacific RISA in the Media:

On May 6, 2014, the East-West Center’s Pacific RISA program hosted a briefing for the Pacific Islands Region of the 3rd National Climate Assessment.  Moderated by Dr. Victoria Keener, the event featured an introduction by William Aila, the director of the state Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, as well as a panel of local experts who contributed to the NCA report.  The briefing was well attended by local media, including 3 local news stations that featured the event on the evening news.

KHON 2 coverage of the 3rd NCA, “Key climate report findings for Hawaii, Pacific”

Hawaii News Now coverage of the the 3rd NCA, “Major Concerns Over Hawaii’s Climate Change”

KITV 4 New coverage of the 3rd National Climate Assessment briefing, “Scientists say Hawaii’s climate getting warmer” (interview with Dr. Victoria Keener)

Isles are gradually drying up, a new assessment warns” – Honolulu Star Advertiser, May 7, 2014.   This article covers the release of the 3rd NCA and summarizes the effects of climate change in Hawaii.  Pacific RISA Fellow and Lead Investigator Dr. Victoria Keener, who moderated the discussion on the NCA report at the East West Center, is quoted on how adaptation action needs to be taken now to mitigate potential future effects of climate change.

As U.S. Climate Changes, White House Embraces the Science Like Never Before” –  May 6, 2014.  Science Magazine (sciencemag.org) wrap up of the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and how the White House is enthusiastically endorsing and publicizing the report.  Dr. Victoria Keener is quoted and the article mentions the 2012 PIRCA and the East West Center’s contribution to the NCA report.

What Climate Change Means to Hawaii” – MidWeek, April 2, 2014.  This article discusses how the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) is addressing climate change issues in Hawaii.  Dr. Victoria Keener and NOAA Regional Climate Services Director Dr. John Marra are quoted (and pictured) regarding translating climate science for decision makers and blending technical knowledge with experiential knowledge in Hawaii to better adapt to future climate conditions.

Living with Climate Change” –Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, March/April 2014. Surveys by the University of Hawaii show that 78% of Maui’s beaches are eroding. This article discusses how sea level rise has affected coastal development and how the changing climate will affect Maui’s reefs, seabirds, and other native flora and fauna.  Dr. Victoria Keener, East-West Center Fellow, is quoted about using community engagement to develop future scenarios for Maui’s water supply and to inform decision making.

The KTUH News Show.  The University of Hawai‘i radio station (KTUH),  April 12, 2013.  Research Fellow Kati Corlew gave a radio interview about her community-based research in Tuvalu and about climate change in Hawai‘i. The show is broadcast live on 90.3 FM Honolulu and online.

VIDEO: Does More Need To Be Done About Climate Change in Hawaii?” Honolulu Civil Beat, April 2, 2013.  In an interview with Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Joe Rubin, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director John Marra shares his perspective on sea-level rise in Hawai‘i, global climate change, and the need for Hawai‘i to “climate proof” its policies and infrastructure.

Psychology of Climate Change: Social Instability” Community Psychology Practice: Blog of the Community Psychology Practice Council.  March 26, 2013.   Pacific RISA Research Fellow Dr. Kati Corlew wrote about the destabilizing effects of climate change and the implications for security in this blog article.  Dr. Corlew is a periodic contributor to Community Psychology Practice.

“Insights: Climate Change” on PBS Hawaii – February 14, 2013. Pacific RISA Program Manager and East-West Center Research Fellow Dr. Victoria Keener was a guest on the PBS Hawaii weekly program “Insights” with host Dan Boylan.  The February 14 show focused on climate change, and Dr. Keener was joined on the program by William Aila, Director of the Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources; Mr. Stanton Enomoto, Cultural Adaption Coordinator at the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative; and Dr. Charles Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geology and Geophysics at UH Manoa.

“Isle events explore moral aspects of climate change” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser, February 9, 2013.  This article announces a series of lectures on the moral dimensions of climate change, including a talk titled “Climate Change Justice, Faith, and Action,” by Pacific RISA Research Fellow Dr. Kati Corlew, delivered at Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Download PDF

“Hawaii may feel stronger climate change impacts” – ClimateWire, January 7, 2013.  Drawing on findings in the 2012 PIRCA report, ClimateWire reports on Hawaii climate change impacts and recent government measures to promote adaptation.  PIRCA Lead Editor, Dr. Victoria Keener, is quoted on the potential impacts on  availability of fresh water in the islands. Download PDF

“Group urges Obama to act on climate change” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser, January 5, 2013.  The article describes efforts by the League of Women Voters to urge President Obama to take action to address climate change, including their ad that ran in the Star-Advertiser on the same day. Both the article and the ad reference findings of the 2012 PIRCA report. Download PDF

“Climate Change in Hawaii: It’s Here” – Honolulu Weekly, January 2, 2013. The cover story in the January 2nd issue of the Honolulu Weekly highlighted the PIRCA report and Forum and featured Pacific RISA and PIRCA researcher perspectives, quoting Dr. John Marra, Dr. Victoria Keener, Ms. Deanna Spooner, Dr. Melissa Finucane, and Mr. Richard Wallsgrove.

“East-West Center gets grants to track climate information” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser, December 26, 2012. An article announced grants from NOAA and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center for research into the spread of climate information across different sectors and communities in the Pacific Islands region.  Awarded to the East-West Center, the funding will support the work of Principal Investigator Dr. Victoria Keener and Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Kati Corlew. Download PDF

KHON News at 5, December 10, 2012. Reporters from Hawai‘i ’s TV news channel KHON interviewed Dr. Victoria Keener, Pacific RISA Program Manager and Research Fellow at the East-West Center, as well as Ms. Deanna Spooner, Coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), and Mr. Stanton Enomoto, PICCC’s Cultural Adaptation Coordinator at the Dec. 10 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Forum at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

“Climate-change scientists predict sea to rise 1 foot by 2050″ – Honolulu Star-Advertiser, December 10, 2012.  This article featured findings from the 2012 PIRCA report and quoted PIRCA co-editors Dr. John Marra and Dr. Victoria KeenerDownload PDF

“Climate change is real threat to Hawaii” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Op/Ed), by Melissa Finucane, December 9, 2012.  Download PDF

“Natural Forces: Hawai‘i’s mountains and ocean create a unique paradise” Alaska Airlines Magazine, August 2012. Dr. Kevin Hamilton is quoted in this article, discussing the unique climate of the Hawaiian Islands and his research modeling future climate change at the International Pacific Research Center. Download PDF

Hawaii Public Radio, “The Conversation,” April 25 2012. “Can you weather a white paper on climate change?” Richard Wallsgrove is an affiliate attorney at ICAP – the Center for Island Climate Adaptation & Policy at the University of Hawai’i. He works on climate-adaptive tools for managing water resources in Hawai’i. ICAP plans to convene stakeholder workshops to present its findings, get feedback, and identify next steps to implement its plan.

PBS Insights Dec. 15 2011: Climate Change. Pacific RISA collaborators John Marra, Climate Services Director for the Pacific Region, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Deanna Spooner, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative; and Maxine Burkett, Director, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, discuss climate change and its impact on Hawaii and its Pacific Island neighbors with PBS Insights host Dan Boylan. More information about PBS Insights can be found at the program’s website.

Hawai’i Public Radio, “The Conversation,” July 6 2011. Pacific RISA Principal Investigator Dr. Melissa Finucane is interviewed about human judgment and decision processes and their implications for public policy making.

Climate Matters video “documoments” are 2-3 minute videos produced by Pacific RISA, that convey stories of climate impacts on Pacific Islands. For more information and to watch the videos, see the Climate Matters Documoments page.

Header image: Melissa Finucane and the production team preparing for filming of the “Climate Matters for Waikiki” documoment. (Source: Victoria Keener)

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