Author Archives: John Wihbey

About John Wihbey

A regular contributor to The Yale Forum, John Wihbey is an editor and researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. (E-mail: johnwihbey@gmail.com, Twitter: @wihbey)

The Meaning of the G-8′s ’2 Degrees’ Goal; Adequate? Realistic? Too Vague? A Distraction Maybe?

The G-8, eight Northern Hemisphere industrialized countries, last month produced its first firm target for curbing rising global temperatures: no more than 2 degrees Celsius, 3.6 Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels. World headlines trumpeted the target. Long the maximum ceiling acceptable [...]

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Polls and Surveys Grab Media Headlines; But Beware Polling Pitfalls on Climate Change

Public opinion polls and surveys are attention getters, headline grabbers. Reporters and editors love them. Sometimes they should learn to hate them … or at least to approach each new one with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Learning from the Difficult Lessons of Real-World Regional Cap-and-Trade

It’s known as “Reggie” for short. And though it may be small, it’s said to be paving the way for something huge: a federal cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the country’s first public [...]

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Dissecting Reporter Eric Pooley's Media Analysis

If the Media Flunked Carbon Economics 101, What Happens When Things Get Harder?

Veteran journalist Eric Pooley in January issued a powerful critique of the American press and its coverage of the 2008 cap-and-trade debate in the U.S. Senate. His central insight was that the “he said, she said” stenography that had once [...]

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Duck and Cover: Climate News Reporting Routinely Draws Big, Loud Pushback

Publish a climate change-related news story, and be ready for pointed attacks, long knives, and brutal dismissals. And expect accusations of political bias and conspiracy. That’s still the rule for the nation’s veteran environmental and science reporters, despite changing attitudes [...]

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Jimmy Carter’s Solar Panels: A Lost History That Haunts Today

The glass, aluminum, and stainless steel panels reclined at low angles and basked in the sun as the men in suits and ties, flanked by reporters, took to the West Wing roof to look at what they thought was the [...]

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Despite Losses, Green Investment Sector Looks to Brighter Days Down the Road

Green investment insiders concede that climate change-focused and clean energy funds will get tossed around just like any other set of stocks – and are sometimes even more vulnerable.

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