Author Archives: Bud Ward

About Bud Ward

Bud Ward is editor of The Yale Forum (E-mail: bud@yaleclimatemediaforum.org).
Climate Science for Meteorologists

15 Midwest TV Meteorologists, Weathercasters Weigh Climate Science at Chicago’s Field Museum

CHICAGO, IL. – Fifteen TV meteorologists and weathercasters from across five midwestern states gathered at The Field Museum April 18 for a full-day workshop on climate change science.

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Essay: Calling All Gamers – The ‘Perfect’ Policy/Communications Challenge?

Somebody oughta invent the perfect storm of a public policy dilemma, confounding it with a really dastardly public education/communications challenge. No, really. They should.

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Two Weeks of Intense Climate Dialogue Over Columnist George Will’s Flawed Column

With luck and the passage of time, the annals of climate change will neither note nor long remember (thank you, Abe Lincoln) the communications imbroglio that for some, and too many, characterized the last two weeks of February 2009. There [...]

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Was It Editing ... or Misleading Splicing?

BBC ‘Newsnight’ Editing of Obama Inaugural Address Prompts Criticisms

View larger image BBC ‘Newsnight’ website link to video One of the proudest and most credible names in journalism, BBC, has found itself challenged on its questionable editing and splicing of President Obama’s science and climate change remarks during his [...]

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2008′s Year-Long Fall-off in Climate Coverage; Tracking the Trends, and the Reasons Behind Them

Coverage of climate change in 2008 pales quantitatively when compared with previous years’ upward trends. Victim of the global financial crisis? Of news room “down sizing”? Of polar bears having become “old news”? Of short attention spans and perhaps “climate [...]

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Plain Dealer Reporter Michael Scott Explores Cleveland’s Broadcast Met Attitudes

A Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper article portrays the city’s broadcast meteorologists as consisting of a disproportionate number of “on-air personalities who are pushing hard against the prevailing winds of climate science.” Along with forecasting the weekend weather and providing five-day [...]

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Politico’s Blunders on Climate Story: Science AND Journalism Principles Violated

It wasn’t so long ago that a number of leading climate scientists felt they needed a “rapid response mechanism” to forestall flawed climate reporting before it took off like a wildfire across the nation’s and world’s news sections. The result [...]

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