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Mapping the road ahead for climate research

first_img Related Harvard Project on Climate Agreements holds panel discussion on topic PARIS — The road ahead for climate change policy will entail many twists and turns, and the need for continuous rigorous and relevant climate science will be more important than ever.  With that framing, a group of scholars on Wednesday shared their ideas for improving the process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carries out its research agenda, at a side panel at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris.The panel, titled “The IPCC at a Crossroads,” was co-sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and was designed as a follow-up to an October 2015 article in Science, which articulated potential opportunities for IPCC reforms.“Assessment-making means we have to explore options which are relevant for the policymakers and the decision-makers,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). “Because of this … social science and economics is fundamental for any kind of assessment making [and] we want to reflect about the art of assessment making under these conditions.” Charles Kolstad from the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) argued that while the IPCC has “proven its value,” it has also received abundant criticism and must identify opportunities to improve both its processes and outputs in order to increase the impact of its research.There has been a lack of government support for IPCC reform in the past, according to Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and faculty director of HPCA.  “After the Paris talks conclude,” he remarked, “governments may have more appetite to reconsider the IPPC’s role in light of a new global climate regime in place.”Carlo Carrero of the University of Venice argued that the panel will need to re-think its communications strategies.“Bureau members and scientists need to deliver their message in a comprehensive and clear way,” he said, pointing to the necessity to expand outreach strategies by using video, infographics and social media. “There is a lot to do, and this organization must learn to speak even to young people and not only to those involved in the policy process.”The IPCC’s newly elected Chair, Hoesung Lee, responded to comments, saying that the Paris talks will be considered as “a new eventful chapter in the history of climate change” and that “the IPCC will provide more clear understanding of the solutions for policymakers” in the years ahead.The side panel built not only on the article in Science, but also on a closely related workshop hosted by the Mercator Institute in Berlin and co-sponsored by HPCA in February 2015.Read the Kennedy School’s Tumblr for more updates. How climate agreement impacts businesslast_img read more

Mourinho rues ‘bizarre’ red card

first_imgJose Mourinho labelled Cesc Fabregas’ red card “bizarre” and questioned the Chelsea star’s dismissal at the Hawthorns. The midfielder was sent off in the first half of the champions’ 3-0 defeat at West Brom after kicking the ball against Chris Brunt’s head from 20 yards away. Referee Mike Jones was taking control of a spat between Diego Costa and Gareth McAuley when Fabregas kicked the ball back towards the group. He said: “The ideal scenario is to be champions and don’t play again, go home have holidays and don’t play again. “When you have three more matches to play it can happen what happened to Bayern Munich, lose three in three. It can happen to us, one point in two matches. “I don’t blame the players, to blame the players I have to blame myself because I am not different than them. “Let’s blame the players a little bit, let’s blame myself, let’s blame the top contenders for the title because they were not good enough to fight with us until the end. “If today we need this game to be champions, I’m not saying we’ll win but I’m saying we would compete at a higher level to win.” The Baggies clinched a deserved victory though and their most impressive under Tony Pulis. The boss took over in January when they were a point above the bottom three and Albion are now 10 points clear ahead of Sunday’s finale at Arsenal. He said: “I’m really pleased, it was a great result, a great performance. On the night we are very, very pleased. It’s a great finish but I don’t think anything should be taken away from the team we’ve played. “They have been by far the best team in England, they won it by a country mile and have been that better than everyone else. “Although we won on the night, all the praise should go to Jose, his coaching staff and the players.” The former Barcelona man was dismissed as a brace from Saido Berahino and Brunt’s strike sealed victory for Albion. Fabregas is staring at a ban and Mourinho was left wondering why, following Chelsea’s third defeat of the season. He said: “Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game? “I really don’t understand. I think (Darren) Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him (Fabregas) in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than what Fabregas did. “For me a top referee, a stable, big personality and in control of the game, goes there, two or three words and it’s done. It’s a bizarre red card. “A three game ban for this? Harsh? Of course it’s harsh. Why does he have to explain? He doesn’t need to explain.” Despite defeat, Chelsea will still lift the Barclays Premier League crown on Sunday after their home game with Sunderland. And Mourinho refused to blame his players and took a sly dig at their title rivals for allowing them to switch off at the end of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alexander: For Angels prospect Jo Adell, Cal League has been a breeze

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Someday, if Jo Adell becomes a major league star, the journal might be a sought-after piece of baseball memorabilia.Adell, the 10th player selected in the 2017 draft by the Angels out of Ballard High in Louisville, Ky., is laying waste to the Cal League just as he did to the Arizona Rookie League, the Pioneer League and the Midwest League before this. He did go hitless Tuesday night at Rancho Cucamonga, ending an 11-game hitting streak, but the Inland Empire 66ers’ 19-year-old center fielder was hitting .314 in 37 games in the Cal League going into Wednesday’s games, with 10 homers, 24 RBIs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, a .936 OPS and 7 stolen bases in 8 attempts.He has had 12 multi-hit games in the Cal League, and five three-hit games. And before arriving in San Bernardino, he played 24 games at Burlington (Iowa) of the Midwest League with 6 homers, 29 RBIs, 7 doubles, a .300 average and a .979 OPS. Baseball America currently lists him as the Angels organization’s No. 2 prospect, and the only reason he’s not higher is that the magazine still lists Shohei Ohtani as a prospect.There are, of course, Adell’s strikeouts: 45 in 159 at-bats with Inland Empire, 26 in 90 at-bats in Burlington. We’ll get to those. The journal? It is Adell’s method of keeping track of the pitchers he faces and the way they approach him, and it’s indicative of a cerebral approach to hitting.“One of the best things I’ve done,” he said. “Kind of (keep track of) what pitches I saw, where they were located. And before we face a guy that we’ve seen before, I just go back and revisit that and kind of understand what they’re trying to do.“Most of my outs this year have been me getting myself out. The pitcher is trying to execute a pitch, he’s trying to throw something for a reason. So you need to understand why that is.”It could be a baseball time capsule. Who knows? A decade from now, some of the pitchers he’s facing (and chronicling) now might be successful big leaguers themselves.Adell’s baseline approach is to look for location, especially early in counts. When he first moved up to the Cal League, he said, pitchers were challenging him with fastballs, and when he started jumping on those he noticed he was seeing offspeed pitches early and fastballs later in the count. “But I always loved to hit,” he added. “Every team I played for, it would be, ‘We want him to pitch on Sunday but we’ll let him hit through the week.’”Sound familiar, Angels fans? In this case, Adell enjoyed pitching but loved hitting and was willing to give up one to concentrate on the other. Years from now, if the Ohtani experiment is ultimately deemed a success, young players might not have to make that choice.In the meantime, Adell traded a position that treasures strikeouts for one in which they are worrisome. But while the minor league analysts wonder if those strikeout totals portend difficulty when Adell gets to higher levels, he sees them as the cost of doing business.“I say this before a game: Even if I get fooled on a pitch or I swing at a pitch that’s out of the zone, I’m not going to sacrifice a good swing just to hit the ball,” he said. “I could go into a game and just try to make contact, right? But when I get in the box I’m trying to do damage, and you’re going to get some swings and misses.“I’ve watched big league games this year where guys have gotten down in the count quickly and hit home runs, and it’s because they trusted their swing. … I’m going to put up my best swing every single time. And if things don’t fall my way, if I strike out, then it’s part of the game.”I believe that approach is known as “high risk, high reward.” It has worked for Adell to this point, and it likely will earn him a promotion to Double-A before this season [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “For me, the big thing is don’t necessarily assume,” he said. “React.“A lot of times when they say the hitters get fooled, it has to do with the assumption, not the reaction part of the game. That’s what hitting is, reaction. We can sit (on) a pitch, we can think something’s coming, we can have everything the right way – and you get a curveball on a fastball count. You get thrown off, you know? So that’s the big thing: clear-mind it, know what zone I’m looking for, and be a reactionary hitter. And that’s what I’ve done.”There were said to be questions about his ability to hit at the pro level going into the 2017 draft. The foot speed and athletic ability were there in a 6-foot-3, 205-pound package, and he projected as a superior defensive outfielder, whether it be in center (his preferred position) or a corner spot.And consider: He could have been drafted as a pitcher, which might be part of the reason the chess match between hitter and pitcher intrigues him so. He was primarily a pitcher through the end of his junior year at Ballard.“Good fastball, could get up in the mid-90s, upper-90s from time to time, slider,” was Adell’s scouting report on himself.Related Articleslast_img read more