A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) warns that the nation’s transportation system – roads, ports, railroads, and airports – all stand to suffer substantial damage or destruction as a result of climate change. Increased rain, more intense storms, ground thawing in Alaska, and rising sea level all are expected to take their […]
Search climate change news most days and you’ll likely find few references to public health impacts. So it comes as no surprise that the American public – apparently unlike the public in Western Europe and other industrialized countries – by and large perceives climate change as affecting nature, but not so much their families, health, […]
Cogito, ergo sum. Or Je pense, donc je suis. Enough of the Latin and French. Let’s stick to English. I think, therefore I am. We can thank Rene Descartes for giving us that critical element of Western philosophy. But for our purposes in The Yale Forum, let’s paraphrase it to read: “I report, therefore I […]
Climate change news researcher and academic Max Boykoff writes in a recent Nature Reports Climate Change “Commentary” that despite recent evidence that coverage of climate change is improving, “all too often, media reports conflate the vast and varied terrain of climate science and policy as a unified image.”
A respected social scientist, Baruch Fischhoff of Carnegie Mellon University, sees his discipline having to play an increasingly critical role in the climate change arena if citizens are to become fully engaged and involved in the issue.
Facing continued political stalemate in Washington, D.C., over federal climate change regulations, at least 800 mayors of cities large and small over the past three years have signed pledges to drastically reduce their carbon emissions.
We have decades and decades invested in doing things based on old rules. Now, the rules have changed, and newsrooms need to change as well. We need new attitudes and new cultures. This will only happen if individual journalists put forward the effort to change their minds about what their jobs are and how they […]
The story of climate change is a story of water – how much of it falls from the sky and where, whether it falls as rain or snow, and how fast it melts and evaporates once it’s on the ground.
Veteran participants in the annual conferences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, will tell you it’s just another word for that meeting. Intrepid reporters, and hungry ones, can eat their way through the annual four-day programs and barely tap their shrinking per diems and disappearing travel expense budgets.
You know the climate issue has truly arrived as a newspaper fixture when it moves beyond the news, opinion, business, sports, and feature sections to show up in the Sunday comics – twice on the same day. On February 24, two venerable (critics might say stodgy, but we’ll leave that to the critics) comic strips […]
Among the most iconic image of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” was that of coastlines and cities disappearing beneath rising seas. Sea level rise is certainly one of the more worrisome impacts of climate change, but the film’s disregard of the time scales involved in sea level rise may have led some to think that […]
Newspaper journalists are seeing some environmental coverage migrate from the specialized environmental beat to other coverage areas, such as business and religion. Municipal government – historically a key beat at most dailies – is becoming particularly fertile territory for reporting on climate change. Mayors in hundreds of cities across the U.S. are launching policy initiatives […]