The Rockefeller Foundation and climate change
26 Sep, 2008 01:43 pm
I noted in early August that the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) closed its Center for Capacity Building, a center focused on social effects of climate change. Apparently, the Rockefeller Foundation noticed. Andy Revkin reports on Dot Earth that the foundation and the University of Colorado will announce later today that the Center for Capacity Building is moving to the university with a new name, the Consortium for Capacity Building. The Rockefeller Foundation is apparently providing a 2-year, $1 million grant to support the new consortium, and more support is likely.
Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, told me [Andy Revkin] on Wednesday that the efforts of the center and its director, Michael Glantz, mesh perfectly with several top priorities of the foundation, including speeding an end to poverty and helping struggling communities adapt to climate change. "Because of its focus on climate and the developing world, and translating science to practical uses, we thought this was a perfect fit," she said.I'm delighted to see that the new consortium will be able to continue the work of the previous center. Working out the physical, chemical, and biological science of climate change and adaptation is essential, but understanding the social implications is no less essential.
Originally published on: Uncommon Ground