Author Archives: Bud Ward
Idiosyncratic Grist columnist, badly burned-out and OD-ed by 10 years on the 24/7 climate news cycle, steps away for a year to clear his head.
Hours of taped interviewing lead to two eight-minute segments on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ exploring the contrasting views of two prominent climate scientists.
Thirteen approve, with one official and very vocal dissenter: Roger Pielke Sr dissents as AGU adopts new statement saying ‘urgent action’ needed on climate.
The seemingly overnight morphing from investigative journalist to partisan P.R. practitioner may be the underlying journalism ‘back story’ behind the headline-grabbing National Security Agency ‘leak’ … or, as some prefer, ‘whistle blowing.’
The silence from the White House and the President on climate change is deafening, leaving observers beyond the inner sanctum to only wonder what, if anything, is really happening. Or might happen next. Or not at all.
Don’t look for retiring NASA/Goddard climate scientist to disappear into a well deserved retirement. In the most important ways … Jim Hansen isn’t going anywhere.
Report details another year of declining hard-news audience numbers and shrinking newsroom staffs — with P.R. supplanting real news in more and more cases. ‘And that’s the way it is,’ the late Walter Cronkite might lament in regarding today’s news [...]