Almanack Contributor Mark Marchand

Mark Marchand is a writer and communications consultant, specializing in science, the environment, and crisis communications. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at the University at Albany (SUNY). In the past, he has led communications efforts at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a retired corporate communications senior manager at Verizon, having worked for the telecommunications company in Boston, New York, and New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he is also a former daily newspaper journalist and serves on the Board of Directors of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Climate Change: Avoiding the ‘Natural Variations’ Pitfall

“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

For over a century, this comment has served as the standard retort when a friend or colleague laments hot and humid weather or complains about a massive snow storm. But when University at Albany Interim President James R. Stellar uses it to talk about work at UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Studies (DAES), he’s not grumbling. He uses it as a setup line before he talks about what he, his colleagues, and many others in academia are actually doing about the weather as the world wrestles with persistent climate change caused by humans. » Continue Reading.

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