Category Archives: Media

Recent Weather Events/Climate Connection Drawing Increased Scientific and Media Attention

The recent spate of severe weather events is drawing increased attention — in science and some journalism arenas — to possible links with long-term climate change. It’s an explosive issue and one that will demand close attention and monitoring as [...]

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Making Climate Change Fun and Funny: Why Do It? For One Thing, Get Folks ‘Into the Room’

Is comedy on climate change an antidote to the obstacles impeding improved public understanding?  For one thing, it can get people otherwise not inclined “into the room,” says stand-up comedian Yoram Bauman of Seattle, who points also to other advantages.

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Bjorn Yesterday … Bjorn Tomorrow?

A Critical Review of Bjorn Lomborg’s Cool It … and of Media ‘Complicity’ in Climate Contrarianism

As an engaging and charismatic communicator, Bjorn Lomborg has few peers addressing climate change. But an analysis of his Cool It documentary, now available on dvd, documents long-standing shortcomings reporters should consider so stories of personal courage and conviction don’t [...]

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Climate Change Through the Eyes and Wit of Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’

Jon Stewart’s highly regarded Comedy Central false-news program, “The Daily Show,” is no stranger to climate change.  But along with the humor and wit, there are times when a bit more scientific rigor might help inform his important audience.

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New York Times’ Online Content Paywall: Potential Impacts on Climate and Science News?

The New York Times on March 28 introduced its much-anticipated metered paywall, and media watchers will be closely following what impacts that has for online and in-print journalism. A big unknown still is effects the move might have on visitors [...]

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When News Media Pass on Covering Complexity

The Case of Missing Coverage of Models

Climate models are a “foundation” of climate understanding … and also a “lightning rod” in the climate debate. So where is the coverage of models in mainstream news outlets? In some of the most prominent sources, it’s in opinion, and [...]

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Penn State Geologist Richard Alley Hosts First of Three PBS Documentaries

Respected Penn State geologist Richard Alley becomes a PBS documentary host in the first of a three-part series airing in April with funding from the National Science Foundation. But can the “Operator’s Manual” companion book really “convince even the most [...]

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