Category Archives: Media

Climate Change Web Videos: Intense Emotions Edition

A great challenge of climate change communication is that the issue is abstract, slow-moving, and often invisible. To get the attention of their audiences, climate communicators sometimes rely on the immediate and the emotional: violence, cute animals, and children.

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2010 — That Was the Year That Was: 10 Notable Climate Stories of Year Just Ended

Just about anything that substantially affects climate change science or policy inevitably affects communication on those issues. The Yale Forum focus in this feature, and the major criterion for inclusion in notable climate developments of 2010, is on key climate [...]

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2011: A Busy News Year Looms On Climate Change Science, Policy

Last fall, respected climate scientist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University published a paper in a special edition of the academic journal, The Behavior Analyst. The edition was devoted to the subject of climate change, and Thompson’s paper, “Climate Change: [...]

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Lessons from The Atlantic Magazine

Covering Climate: World War II-Scale Coverage For a World War II-Scale Effort?

Major wars shape the way a nation sees the world. From World War II, Americans gained the vocabulary and metrics for a “good war” fought with steely determination against clearly defined enemies. The legacy of that war, which the U.S. [...]

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The Climate Desk Collaboration: Seven Partners at Seven Months

What should the journalistic community expect of a joint venture formed to cover a topic as complex as climate change? Of a joint venture begun during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? Of one that must operate in [...]

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Journalists' 'Lessons Learned'

A Yale Forum Two-Part Special Feature: Scientists and Journalists on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Pt. 2)

Climate science and climate scientists aren’t the only ones who have come under some withering scrutiny over the past 12 months. The controversies — or were they “pseudo-controversies”? — stemming from the hacked e-mails at a British university put the [...]

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Heretic, Dupe, Peacemaker Labels Provoke Rants over Judith Curry Profile

Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry … heretic, dupe, peacemaker? All? None? When it comes to coverage of climate change, everyone’s a media critic. Reporters covering environment know full-well that few other subjects generate as much fan mail — make that, hate [...]

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