Penn Center for Science,
Sustainability, and the Media

In today’s fraught media environment, communicating policy-relevant science is more challenging than ever, and nowhere is this more evident than in the public discourse over human-caused climate change. The Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media focuses on the challenges and opportunities in communicating climate and environmental sustainability to the public and policymakers.

PCSSM Welcomes Dr. Joseph Romm as a Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Joseph Romm, a leading expert on climate solutions and clean energy—and on communicating about these issues to the public—has joined the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media (PCSSM) as a Senior Research Fellow.

Learn more about Dr. Romm’s Appointment and Press Release »

Read Dr. Romm’s White Paper “Are carbon offsets unscalable, unjust, and unfixable – and a threat to the Paris Climate Aggreement?” »

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