Category Archives: Analysis & Research

What Ancient Civilizations Can Teach Us about Drought

It’s time we pay more attention to past episodes of ‘great warming.’

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A New Player -- or Just a New Name -- on Climate Policy?

From Pew Climate Change Center To C2ES, What’s Behind the Name Change?

A respected inside-the-Washington-Beltway climate change player changes its name. But also its focus? What to make of the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions? (Note the word ‘change’ dropped there? Does it matter?

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Another Global Climate Meeting … Another Dump of E-Mails

A second strategically-timed unauthorized release of climate scientists’ e-mails dating from 2009 apparently seeks to disrupt international climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa. But the newly released materials, while not always flattering to authors or participants, shed little light on [...]

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Cloudy Controversies: The Science Behind the Spencer-Braswell Paper

There’s a lesson to be learned from an editor’s having resigned over his journal’s publication of a research report thought to have been inadequately reviewed: extraordinary claims must be supported by extraordinary evidence. Headline writers and media … take note.

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Al Gore, in Rolling Stone, Mocks the Media: A Justified Takedown, or an Outdated View?

Once a journalist, former Vice President savages media coverage of climate science in a recent Rolling Stone essay. Hot rhetoric on a hot issue, but journalists and academics raise points calling into question Gore’s perhaps-dated perspective and analysis.

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Reviewing the Nisbet ‘Climate Shift’ Report and Controversial Claims of Media Progress

Matt Nisbet’s ‘Climate Shift’ research report raised headline-grabbing points on fundraising successes by those advocating action on climate change. But it’s what lies behind those headlines — and relating specifically to media coverage — that also warrants further review and [...]

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Advertising Climate Change: A Study of Green Ads, 2005 – 2010

A Yale Forum analysis of print ads from 2005 to 2010 suggests major advertisers closely tracked news coverage and public opinion on climate change, with ‘green’ ads peaking in 2008-09 and returning to ‘background’ levels in 2010. But most companies [...]

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