WBUR’s Cognoscenti – Policy For A Healthy America: About The Series

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The U.S. has the best — and, in some ways, the worst — health care system in the industrialized world. We spend more than any other nation, yet millions of Americans lack access to decent, affordable health care…This fall, Cognoscenti teams up with the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University to bring you a series we’re calling “Policy for a Healthy America.”

The Time to Adapt is Now. Matthias Ruth and Douglas Foy Conclude Open Classroom Series on Climate Change

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Climate Change Series: Conclusion



Thu, May 02, 2013 | by Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth



As we bring our series Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. to a close, moderators Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth offer their reflections on the mounting challenges presented by climate change, and the depth and breadth of the solutions that will be required in the coming years.


Brian Helmuth Describes Climate Change on a Hyper-Local Scale

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Mon, Apr 08, 2013 | Cognoscenti | by Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson & Pablo Suarez

Even if we drastically cut carbon emissions, we still have to face the realities of a changing climate. So, while we have to think about reducing greenhouse gasses, now and in the future, we also have to begin implementing strategies to adapt to this new world of increasingly extreme and, to some extent, unknowable weather and climactic conditions. We need to adapt our cities, our farms and our way of life. We also need to understand how climate change will impact the plants and animals our ecosystems depend on.

Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson and Pablo Suarez discuss ways human society is already adapting to climate change, and some of the challenges ahead.

Climate change and national security

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | February 20, 2013

Cli­mate change is causing sea levels to rise, and that’s a serious con­cern for the United States Navy, according to David W. Titley, a retired rear admiral.

“We tend to build our bases at sea level,” dead­panned Titley, who led the Navy’s first Task Force for Cli­mate Change and built a career studying the world’s oceans. “This is some­thing we’re going to have to deal with. We’re not the Air Force—we can’t build our bases at 6,000 feet.”

Last week, Titley was the fea­tured speaker at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs’ Open Class­room series, which this semester focuses on the impact of cli­mate change.

Titley said rising seas—which he pre­dicts could increase by as much as a meter by 2100—are just one con­cern for the Navy and the nation’s mil­i­tary com­mu­nity. Rising tides and envi­ron­mental changes could for­ever alter water sup­plies, food chains, and geog­raphy that have stayed largely the same for thou­sands of years. Read More

Policy-makers turned lecturers in seminars

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By Todd Feathers | The Huntington News | September 20, 2012

Of the hundreds of classes held at Northeastern each semester, only one attracts nationally renowned professors, economists, politicians and chief executives on a weekly basis.

Held in the basement of West Village F every Wednesday night, this semester’s open classroom series, entitled Policy Advice to the President, has a schedule of speakers that include Michael Dukakis, former Democratic nominee for president and professor of political science at Northeastern; Greg Mankiw, economic policy adviser to Mitt Romney; Nicholas Burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and many more.

The open classroom, designed as a graduate-level class in the school of Public Policy and Urban affairs, is unusual in two ways: It’s open to anyone who wants to attend, and it’s free.

“I really think the university should use its resources, the facilities and the people to benefit the community,” Barry Bluestone, Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and co-moderator of the class, said. Read More

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