Category Archives: Policy

Q&A with UCS President Kevin Knobloch On Climate Science, Policy, Communications

View larger image UCS PresidentKevin Knobloch CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – After eight years of battling the Bush administration to preserve the integrity of science and inform public policy on environmental and nuclear issues, Union of Concerned Scientists President Kevin Knobloch is [...]

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Learning from the Difficult Lessons of Real-World Regional Cap-and-Trade

It’s known as “Reggie” for short. And though it may be small, it’s said to be paving the way for something huge: a federal cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the country’s first public [...]

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Tackling Tropical Deforestation

‘REDD’ is Part of the New Green In Run-up to Copenhagen Conference

Tropical deforestation, mainly in Brazil and Indonesia, releases massive quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, but political, social, and scientific concerns kept the issue off the table during negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. As the world prepares [...]

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Four Experts Pass Judgment

Commenting on Journalist Eric Pooley’s Analysis of Press Coverage of Climate Policy

Journalist Eric Pooley’s January 2009 Shorenstein Center critique and analysis of press coverage of climate change policy issues has generated substantial attention and on-going “buzz” in climate journalism circles. After publishing freelance writer John Wihbey’s February 17 article and analysis [...]

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Mainstream Reporting Raising Doubts

Gallup Poll Finds More Americans Say Media Overstate Warming Risks

A March 2009 Gallup Poll survey points to “the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade” of Gallup polling on the issue.

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Two Weeks of Intense Climate Dialogue Over Columnist George Will’s Flawed Column

With luck and the passage of time, the annals of climate change will neither note nor long remember (thank you, Abe Lincoln) the communications imbroglio that for some, and too many, characterized the last two weeks of February 2009. There [...]

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Editorials Take on Early Obama Initiative

Opinion Pages Tackle ‘Peril, Progress’; Applaud, Reprimand, Fuel and Efficiency Directives

The extraordinary thing about editorials in American news media isn’t that they are inherently cunning or engaging. It’s that they treat mundane and complex issues alike with an unusual degree of disparity while presenting detailed arguments. This is the case [...]

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