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Dr. David L. Downie

Associate Professor of Enviromental Studies
ddownie@fairfield.edu
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 217
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Report: Extreme weather events more common

David L. Downie, director of environmental studies and associate professor of politics at Fairfield University, said the report is "completely in line" with the thinking in the scientific field. "It's true that not any one single extreme weather event can be attributed to climate change," he said. "But it's the trend that matters, and there has been an increase of extreme weather events around the world." Downie, who also read the report, said the data is getting increasingly clear that the warming planet is making life more costly, dangerous and uncomfortable.

Published in Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News Times, Greenwich Time on 4/17/13


Fairfield University announces recipients of 'Sustainability' awards

Faculty members who comprise the Environment Program Steering Committee (EPSC) created the award to recognize an individual or group that have made a demonstrated difference in the quality of sustainability efforts on campus. "To inaugurate the award, the EPSC believed it appropriate to acknowledge the very, very important contributions made in prior years by these members of the Fairfield community," said David Downie, associate professor of politics and director of the Program on the Environment who chairs the committee. "Thus, we are pleased to announce, via unanimous votes, the first winners of this award."

Published in the Fairfield Sun on 1/1/13


David Downie, Ph.D., director of the Program on the Environment, does radio interviews

Dr. Downie discussed the international mercury negotiations as well as the use of coal as an energy source with WNPR. The negotiations for reducing mercury pollution continue in January. Mercury pollution is transported globally in the atmosphere, so mercury emitted far away affects people and ecosystems in the United States, according to the EPA.

Appeared on WNPR in July 2012


David Downie, Ph.D., director of the Program on the Environment, interviewed by WNPR

Dr. Downie discussed global environmental negotiations on WNPR's program, "Where We Live," with host John Dankosky. Dr. Downie's research focuses on the creation, content, and implementation of national and international environmental policy. His recent work includes Global Environmental Politics, 5th Edition (2010), written with Pamela Chasek, Climate Change: A Reference Handbook (2009), written with Kate Brash and Catherine Vaughan, and The Global Environment: Institutions, Law & Policy, 2nd Edition (2005), co-edited with Regina Axelrod and Norman Vig.

Appeared on WNPR's "Where We Live" on 7/11/12


Climate change: Picturing the science

Last night at the Westport Public Library, David Downie, Professor of Environmental Studies at Fairfield University, hosted a lecture featuring Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, co-authors of Climate Change: Picturing the Science. Schmidt is a climatologist for the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Wolfe is a freelance photojournalist. Together, they portrayed the visible effects of environmental damage specifically as a result of greenhouse gases. Drought. Fires. Severe storms. Shrinking glaciers and a rising water table. A dried up Lake Chad and a drying out Colorado River. Scary scenes of what has already taken place and what we already cannot change. "The science debate should be over," said Downie of whether or not to believe that there is global warming. "This is now down to political will. This is about policy change."

Published in Moffly Media - The Best of Fairfield County Living in September 2011