Yale Climate Media Forum (10/08 Update)

Thanks for taking a look at our new look.

Now one year old, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media this October launches a new website.

Launching and constantly revising one’s website certainly doesn’t make us unique. It’s what website people do, and tweaking and fine-tuning in fact is an unending process. Why should we be any different?*

In that respect, we’re not. Things change, after all, certainly over the course of a year.

Or even over shorter time frames. Think back to just the start of 2008. No, think back to just last month. Or last week. Things change all around us, and constantly. And seemingly with ever-increasing speed.

At one point, Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democratic nominee and at another Point John McCain’s nomination hopes are pretty much dead in the water. Fast forward, but not for very long, and Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee and McCain the Republican counterpart. One day Sarah Palin is nowhere on the national radar screen, and the next day, and for a period of weeks at least, she is the focus of intense national publicity and attention.

And then comes mid-September and the seemingly sudden financial crisis, the disappearance of legendary financial institutions and the adoption of heretofore unthinkable federal financial and regulatory interventions. And all of it over a period of just a few frantic weeks.

During all this time, climate change persists, seemingly relentless and, by most accounts, only accelerating as global carbon dioxide emissions not only continue but increase. Also persisting, and perhaps at an equal or even greater rate, are the changes in which we sentient consumers pursue, obtain, and manage our news and information.

The again-seemingly endless reductions of traditional news room staffs, exacerbated by the broadening and darkening economic conditions, march forward. Even as the absolute number of information providers and disseminators continues to climb. Would that it be so also for the overall quality of that information being made available to all of us 24/7.

So into this mix comes us and our new website format. We hope it will be just the most visible of an ongoing commitment to improvement and evolution of this site as it continues to address how the “media” – however broadly one now defines that term – communicates to the various public on the far-reaching challenges and opportunities our and future generations will face in dealing with anthropogenic climate change.

Watch us grow. Grow us with. At the end of major features, comment on what you like and what you don’t. Help us better understand what we could do more of, and better, to help you and your colleagues communicate on, and absorb, important climate change information.

There, you’ve heard from us. Now let us hear back from you.

Bud Ward,

*We’re appreciative of the substantial efforts of our new-found colleagues at GetUWired – Small Business Web Services, in Dahlonega, Ga., for their assistance in this website overhaul.

October 6, 2008

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is editor of Yale Climate Connections. (E-mail: bud@yaleclimateconnections.org).
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