Author Archives: Bill Dawson

About Bill Dawson

Bill Dawson is an independent journalist who edits Texas Climate News, an online magazine published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Houston Advanced Research Center. He was previously environment writer for the Houston Chronicle.

‘Climate Change’ … and ‘Global Warming’: The New Dirty Words? And If So … What Then?

The ‘hot’ terms of a then-hot public policy issue have cooled substantially in the past three years as advocates for action on climate change are shifting to more energy- and public health-related rhetoric to try to score their points.

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Massaging the Climate Message: New Political Conditions Bring Shifting Strategies

Future historians may regard recent weeks as a momentary breathing spell in the political trajectory of the climate issue. In the courts, preliminary rulings are awaited on a spate of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse [...]

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Analyzing Headlines and Lead Sentences In Penn State’s Michael Mann Inquiry

A sampling of media coverage of Pennsylvania State University’s announcement of findings of an inquiry there illustrates how deadline reporting and headline-writing about a single straightforward news event can lead to differing shadings and colorings. Penn State had named an [...]

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HFCs: Case Study in Interconnections Of Ozone Depletion and Climate Change

Climate change associated with atmospheric warming and depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer are two separate but interrelated problems, intersecting in complex ways that challenge easy comprehension and also efforts to address them. Recent developments related to chemicals commonly [...]

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The View(s) From Farm Country: Numerous Ag Issues Go Under-Reported

Impacts. Mitigation. Adaptation. Politics. Economics. Food security. Public health. Those are just some of the key elements that mix together in the broad region where concerns about climate change and agriculture intersect. It’s an area with ample, and untapped, opportunities [...]

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Geoengineering – Climate Cure? Or a Cure Worse than the Warming Illness?*

 (Editor’s Note:  This piece was slightly edited on May 6, 2009, to correct the reference to the author of the MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker posting.)  Geoengineering – intentionally manipulating the climate to counteract the unplanned manipulation of manmade warming [...]

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Obama, Financial Crisis, Climate Change: Rocky Road Ahead for Journalism and Climate

After Hurricane Katrina, An Inconvenient Truth, the 2007 reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other events pushed the climate change issue higher on the public agenda, it may have seemed that it wouldn’t soon slide back down.

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