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)

Each Home, Business Entirely Sun-Powered; MIT’s Daniel Nocera: Sticking with His Vision

If Daniel Nocera’s energy vision prevails globally, each home and business will have its own, entirely sufficient power unit, charged by the Sun. Industry-produced greenhouse gases will be vestiges of the old order, as solar-based “personal energy” systems power everything [...]

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Parsing Opinion Polls … and Politics … In Covering Offshore Drilling Campaign Issue

Opinion polls are fueling politicians and candidates to push for more U.S. offshore oil drilling, with the media looking on intently. Since the issue became a political focal point in May and June, polling has been relentless: Zogby. Rasmussen. Field. [...]

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Covering Climate Change As a National Security Issue

War-related metaphors are now common in the rhetoric of climate change activism. We need a “Manhattan Project” for clean energy, a “Marshall Plan” for green action. Or maybe, we need just plain war. Think of Al Gore’s first ad in [...]

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A Decade of Cooling in the Works? Nature Article Prompts ‘Wanna Bet?’ Wager

May Day brought a climate blindside of sorts this year, and it didn’t come in the form of a freak snowstorm in the tropics. On that day, a peer-reviewed study in the esteemed journal Nature predicted a temporary cooling of [...]

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Climate Change Reporting Described As Among Most Psychologically Taxing

CAMBRIDGE, MA. – Media veterans experienced in covering war zones and science are finding the climate change beat as difficult and mentally taxing a reporting job as they have ever had. That was an overarching theme from a panel of [...]

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Academics at MIT Session Fault Media on Balance, Flawed Vetting of Sources, Hostility to Science

CAMBRIDGE, MA. – Mass media coverage of climate change has suffered from a hostility to science, a failure to vet biased sources, and an adherence to a warped sense of balance, two prominent academics said at a recent MIT event [...]

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In Green Tech Hothouse, Media Need Cool Heads

The world’s green technology labs are bubbling with brave new ideas that aim to help invent our way out of climate change disaster. Spraying sulfur particles in the sky. Creating artificial trees. High-voltage batteries engineered by viruses. Tidal and geothermal [...]

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