Great Britain’s official broadcasting watchdog agency administered a sanction, what amounts to a slap on the wrist, for a controversial March 2007 “Great Global Warming Swindle” TV program for which critics wanted a much grander pound of flesh.
There was really no mistaking the July 7/14, 2008, Newsweek as intending to be something special: Forget that the label promoted it as a “Summer Double Issue.” That’s not the point. The “Lincoln vs. Darwin” cover illustration, with the “Who Matters More?” come-on was one part of the hint, but bigger still was the (mostly) […]
Even before newspapers recently embraced “hyper-localism” as a strategy for stemming circulation and advertising losses, it’s a safe bet that editors commonly asked environmental reporters what climate change might mean in their own neck of the woods.
A July report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General finds “limited potential” in voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs. The report most likely puts just one more nail in the coffin of volunteer GHG efforts that have been a mainstay of the Bush administration EPA but which are pretty much guaranteed to […]
A recent “kerfuffle,” as a headline writer for FOXNews.com termed it, once again underscored the influence of the blogosphere’s echo chamber – and just how quickly it can spread bad information. The American Physical Society, APS, last month saw fit to “reaffirm” its official position on climate change after a flurry of online reports and […]
Opinion polls are fueling politicians and candidates to push for more U.S. offshore oil drilling, with the media looking on intently. Since the issue became a political focal point in May and June, polling has been relentless: Zogby. Rasmussen. Field. Gallup. Quinnipiac. CNN. Bloomberg. The list goes on. All point to an increasing public desire […]
Some of the beats most likely to provide the best platforms for newspaper coverage of climate change are doing worse than other news categories in the increasingly competitive newsroom – garnering less space as newspapers continue grappling with endemic economic woes.
War-related metaphors are now common in the rhetoric of climate change activism. We need a “Manhattan Project” for clean energy, a “Marshall Plan” for green action. Or maybe, we need just plain war. Think of Al Gore’s first ad in his $300 million Alliance for Climate Protection TV campaign, which flashed images of the Normandy […]
“This was not a debate or argument, but a chance to ask questions.” That’s how veteran WDIV-TV, Detroit, meteorologist Paul Gross summed-up a recent American Meteorological Society four-day Denver, Co., conference bringing TV weathercasters and climate scientists together for information sharing.
On June 27, The Independent in London ran a story that read “Exclusive: No Ice at the North Pole.” The headline was off on two counts: there was nothing exclusive about the story, and it’s premature to say the North Pole is ice-free. Andrew C. Revkin, in his DotEarth blog for The New York Times, […]
Long-time environmental writer turned climate change activist Bill McKibben says he’s about given up on words for convincing his readers to take climate change (“the greatest challenge humans have ever faced”) seriously. So he now sees the challenge as “essentially a literary problem, … a crisis in metaphor, in analogy, in understanding.”
“Throughout most of the developing world, media coverage of global warming is woefully inadequate” and ignorance about causes and projected impacts “widespread,” writer James Fahn, executive director of the Earth Journalism Network at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, writes in a recent posting to Nature Reports Climate Change.