Category Archives: Media

KQED’s ‘Climate Watch’ Offers Compelling Multimedia Coverage

You can hear the two reporters and researcher laboring up the mountain, their boots scrunching against loose gravel, their lungs sucking in the Sierra air at 11,500 feet. KQED radio’s Sasha Khokha and Gretchen Weber are reporting from Yosemite, following [...]

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The Forest for the Trees? Covering Western Tree Deaths

On January 22 and 23, major new outlets reported on a study of tree death in the American West, a sobering analysis of how warmer temperatures affect old-growth trees. The study was released that day in the journal Science. Trees [...]

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What Lies Ahead as Mainstream Outlets Shrivel?

Potential Abounds, But Will They Deliver? New Media and Coverage of Environment

As the watchdog press splinters from an aged business model, the prospects for original reporting of climate change and environmental topics have seldom appeared more uncertain. Indeed, mainstream coverage of global climate change dwindled last year as newspapers filed for [...]

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2008′s Year-Long Fall-off in Climate Coverage; Tracking the Trends, and the Reasons Behind Them

Coverage of climate change in 2008 pales quantitatively when compared with previous years’ upward trends. Victim of the global financial crisis? Of news room “down sizing”? Of polar bears having become “old news”? Of short attention spans and perhaps “climate [...]

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Business Beat Perspective

Business Week’s John Carey On Outlook for Climate Coverage

John Carey is a Business Week Senior Correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He has covered science, technology, medicine, health, energy, and the environment for the magazine since joining it nearly 20 years ago and has written extensively and insightfully [...]

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The Mix - Climate Scientists and Op-Eds

Far from the Peer-Reviewed Journal, Scientists Confront How-Tos of Op-Eds

Last summer the head of Harvard University’s Science, Technology and Public Policy program, John Holdren, penned an argument on the subject of climate change sufficiently compelling that The Boston Globe and International Herald Tribune eagerly published it. On the morning [...]

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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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