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Posted inFeature Article, Weather Extremes

Profile of The Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen

One quick look at her resume alerts you that Heidi Cullen isn’t your “normal” journalist who took college courses, let’s be honest here, in large part to avoid dicey courses dealing with things like statistics, coefficients, and math generally. Cullen, in fact, is perhaps even more comfortable with issues involving engineering and paleoclimatology than she […]

Posted inFeature Article, Policy & Politics

Newsweek’s ‘Hoax’ Cover Story Raises Ire of Deniers, … and also Criticism from Within

“Hoax” is a potent accusation, a four-letter grenade of a word. In the public discussion of anthropogenic climate change, prominent conservatives such as Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh have used it to convey profound suspicion about the motives of those who say manmade global warming is happening and worthy of action.

Posted inClimate Science, Feature Article

Tamino’s ‘Open Mind’

“Saying something brilliant simply.” The phrase comes from former WNET-TV/Nature documentary film producer and writer Gianna Savoie, now a freelance documentary producer. It’s a rare gift to express complex scientific concepts in simple terms. Perhaps more than any other prominent climate blogger, the pseudonymous Tamino delves into many of the day’s common climate change sophisms […]

Posted inEnergy, Jobs & Economy

Mortgages for Energy Efficiency

A recent Wall Street Journal feature offers valuable insights for reporters looking for a climate change connection to their housing and mortgage beats. Lenders are “pitching mortgage products that offer homebuyers bigger loans or discounts if they are making energy-efficient improvements,” Sara Schaefer Muñoz reported. She reported on a Citigroup program offering $1,000 off closing […]

Posted inOceans

Climate Change, Overfishing Sited in ‘Red Listing’ of Ocean Corals

Climate change is one of two principal factors (the other is overfishing) being sited in the first-ever listing of ocean corals in the annual report of wildlife going extinct from the IUCN (World Conservation Union). The group’s 2007 “Red List,” released in September, lists two corals ñ Floreana coral (Tubastraea floreana) and Wellington’s solitary coral […]

Posted inFeature Article

Editor and Publisher Columnist Outing: Sack ‘Objectivity’ in Climate Change Reporting

A long-time columnist for Editor and Publisher, a standard in the newspaper industry for those it’s named after, has raised a fuss with a provocative column urging newspapers to “abandon their old way of doing things” – specifically “balance” – when it comes to reporting on global climate change. Given “overwhelming” scientific evidence that humans […]

Posted inFeature Article

Giving objectivity a bad name

Two really smart critics have cited the journalistic tradition of objectivity as the reason mainstream media have missed or underplayed some big stories. Steve Outing, writing in Editor & Publisher, says objectivity has gotten in the way of informing the public about the real dangers of climate change. Giving the global warming deniers the same […]