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Posted inArts & Culture, Feature Article, Policy & Politics

Tom Toles: Leading Editorial Cartoonist on Global Warming

Say the words “global warming” and “editorial cartoonist” in the same sentence, and most climate change wonks likely will conjure up the work of Tom Toles. Since 2002 the successor and office holder to the legendary Herblock, Toles likely has penned more global warming editorial cartoons – and for that matter more environmental editorial cartoons […]

Posted inFeature Article, Policy & Politics

Sun-Times Business Editor Pitches ‘Open Mind’ To Competing Tribune Reporters … and 200 Others

It’s not the pitch itself that makes this newsworthy. Nor are the “pitchees” here what deserves comment. Reporters get pitches all the time. Daily, hourly even. Pitches are, after all, a reporter’s bread and butter, notwithstanding their complaints about getting so many of them. So keep them coming, they’ll acknowledge, and expect reporters to keep […]

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Reporting on Bali Policy Options. A Question Haunting Bali Conference: Silver Bullet? Or Silver Buckshot? (Pt.3 of 3)

BALI, Indonesia, December 10, 2007 – “What comes next?” It’s a question that has haunted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 13th Conference of Parties. Will the Bali talks result in a new global framework for tackling climate change? Will they lead to new commitments for a third compliance period for the Kyoto […]

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Reporting on Bali Policy Options. The Many Aspects of Tradable Permits Design (Pt.2 of 3)

Journalists reporting on the United Nations Bali negotiations and ongoing plans for addressing climate change need to appreciate that the term “tradable permits system” does not imply a one-size-fits-all single strategy. Rather, numerous and diverse policy design considerations would go into shaping a tradable permits approach. Many of them involve considerable controversy – Who pays? […]

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Global Warming and Earth Under Fire

It’s a silly exercise, going through a photojournalism book by a widely respected environmental photographer and trying to identify from 100-plus photos that single iconic image that says it all about the new book. With a hundred-plus world-class photos to choose from, it’s the proverbial needle and haystack challenge.

Posted inFeature Article, Jobs & Economy, Policy & Politics

Reporting on Bali Policy Options Climate Policy Analysis: Taxes and Tradable Permits (Pt.1 of 3)

An emerging consensus among economists, environmental organizations, and policy makers holds that policy solutions to the climate change problem must incorporate economic mechanisms so that social costs of climate change damages are reflected in prices of carbon and other greenhouse gases.

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Three Veteran Business/Environment Reporters’ Perspectives: Covering Climate Change from the Business Beat

Business editors and reporters over the past few years have found themselves covering climate change implications as policy makers and the public move beyond the science of whether and why the Earth is warming to the policy issues: what the impacts will be, how they might be mitigated, and costs and benefits. Climate change scientists […]

Posted inClimate Science, Feature Article

A LEADING SCIENTIST’S PERSPECTIVE: The Scientist/Journalist Experience On Remote Mountain Research Expeditions

How does journalism mix with science on an expedition to remote mountain glaciers? In the end the answer really depends on the character and expectations of the individuals involved. So far our experiences with journalists have been very positive and productive, and I believe the same can be said for their experiences with us.