NSF to Host January 8 Panel Discussion
on Communicating Climate Change

Journalists Andy Revkin of The New York Times and John Carey of Business Week are to join Tom Rosenstiel, of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and leading climate scientists Maureen Raymo of Boston University and Michael Mann of Penn State University in Arlington, Va., January 8 for a panel discussion focusing on climate change science and communications.

The 11-12:30 National Science Foundation-sponsored discussion – to be videotaped and shared with NSF’s cable partner, the Research Channel, and made available for university journalism and science policy education programs – focuses on the release of a new book published by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting and written by Bud Ward, now Editor of The Yale Forum. The book – Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators – reports on face-to-face workshop discussions funded by NSF’s Paleoclimate Program and involving scientists and journalists on how better to inform the public about climate change.

Revkin, Carey, Rosenstiel, Mann and Raymo, each of whom participated in one or more of the Metcalf-managed workshops first launched in November 2003, will be joined on the panel by Ward and Tony Socci of the American Meteorology Society, who together co-managed the workshops project between 2003 and 2007. The resulting book also reflects scientists’ and 18 top news executives’ discussions during an October 2007 one-day workshop at Stanford University, a workshop separate from, but in large part an extension of, the NSF-funded series.

The NSF program is open to the public, but individuals must register in advance to gain entrance to NSF’s headquarters. The program will take place in room 595 of NSF’s Stafford II building, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. To RSVP, contact Dana Topousis at NSF at dtopousi@nsf.gov.

The full 74-page Communicating on Climate Change book can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Metcalf website. Also available from that site is a downloadable order form to request printed versions of the paperback book, which are expected to be available by early January for shipping and handling charges of $8 per single copy.

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