Author Archives: Boyce Rensberger

‘Objectivity’ As a Goal? No: Accuracy and Fairness

I agree with the essence of Professor Phil Meyer’s essay on objectivity in the launch issue of the Yale Forum, except that I’ve always argued that objectivity ultimately is impossible. It goes out the window as soon as we choose [...]

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Lawrence Livermore Scientist Ben Santer Sees Benefits in ‘Proactive’ Approach to News Media

Physical and atmospheric scientist Benjamin D. Santer, of Lawrence Livermore, says he is taking a new “proactive” approach in dealing with news media. Prior to having participated in several face-to-face workshops involving climate scientists and journalists over the past few [...]

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Perspectives (Differing Ones, Of Course) on One-Quarter Degree F

It was the quarter-degree F recalculation shot heard around the world. And it was enough to tumble 1998 from its status as the U.S.’s hottest year and elevate in its place …

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UNDP Human Dimensions Report Due

The United Nations Development Program this year is focusing its human development report on climate change and water. Scheduled for release this November, the 2007/2008 report, Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World, “will explain why we have [...]

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Carbon Footprint Labeling on Foods?

Are all those health and nutrition beat reporters starting to get envious about the growing amount of column inches and air minutes going to climate change? They need fret to more. There’s plenty to go around the news room. And [...]

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NOAA Release Draws Unusual Attention … But Why?

Climate change watchers were quick to pounce when NOAA on August 28 put out a release with the headline “Greenhouse Gases Likely Drove Near-Record U.S. Warmth in 2006.”

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Climate Skeptic Pat Michaels … Life After U.Va. and ‘State Climatologist’ Role

Climate change skeptic par excellence Patrick J. Michaels never has been known as the shy and retiring type. And that isn’t likely to change just because he’s now resigned from the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences, where he [...]

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