Author Archives: Bud Ward

About Bud Ward

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

The Fate of Greenland: Exceptional Storytelling, Extraordinary Photography

Vivid storytelling and equally vivid photography combine in MIT Press’ new The Fate of Greenland, making for a page-turner climate change experts and those relatively new to the field can both enjoy. 

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Mowing, Daydreaming, Glaciers ... and Richard Alley

On Mowing a Virginia Lawn … And Contemplating a Greenland Iceberg

What if my “discovery” of a long horizontal blue streak the length of a huge iceberg’s tunnel were the veritable missing link in the climate science puzzle. Alas. It  wasn’t to be, but the random thought made the lawn mowing [...]

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Climate Scientists in Mock Court Room Settings; From Arbitration to ‘Voir Dire’ to Full (Pretend) Trial

Nearly two-dozen climate scientists and educators spent an intense week being trained on the ins and outs of courtroom civil trial questioning; trial stages and proceedings; arbitration hearings; and communications with plaintiff and defense counsel, with judges, and with media.

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Recent Weather Events/Climate Connection Drawing Increased Scientific and Media Attention

The recent spate of severe weather events is drawing increased attention — in science and some journalism arenas — to possible links with long-term climate change. It’s an explosive issue and one that will demand close attention and monitoring as [...]

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Making Climate Change Fun and Funny: Why Do It? For One Thing, Get Folks ‘Into the Room’

Is comedy on climate change an antidote to the obstacles impeding improved public understanding?  For one thing, it can get people otherwise not inclined “into the room,” says stand-up comedian Yoram Bauman of Seattle, who points also to other advantages.

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Scientists and Long-Form Television: Lessons from Richard Alley’s PBS Documentary

Geologist Richard Alley and writer/director Geoff Haines-Stiles offer insights into their collaboration for a PBS “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” documentary series.

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Talk Is Cheap

All talk and not enough action on climate change? Maybe. On the other hand, having the bark come before the bite might be a hallmark of a healthy democratic debate on an important policy. Again … maybe.

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