Author Archives: Julie Halpert

About Julie Halpert

Julie Halpert, who has covered the environment for more than two decades for national publications, is a freelance writer based in Ann Arbor, Mi.

Incremental? Yes. But A Growing Role for Social Sciences in Climate Change Dialog

No more assuming that scientific data alone will carry the day with the public and its policymakers. The continuing climate change polarization shows more of the same approach won’t work. Michigan Professor Andrew Hoffman insists that social scientists increasingly need [...]


Researchers Point to ‘Moral Obligation,’ ‘Good Citizens’ in Urging Scientists to ‘Speak Up’ on Policy

Scientists, speak up. That’s the message from Michael Nelson, an associate professor of environmental ethics at Michigan State University and John Vucetich, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Technological University.

READ MORE’s Jeff Masters: From ‘Mad Scientist Club’ to Leading Internet Site

ANN ARBOR, MI. — When Jeff Masters was 10, he helped launch the “mad scientist club” in his Birmingham, Michigan, school, writing a 100-page thesis based on observations from his telescope. By the time he was 12, he was diligently [...]


“Science Friday”‘s Ira Flatow: Selling Science by Weekly Radio

Growing up on Long Island, New York, Ira Flatow enjoyed dabbling with television sets and playing with electronics like ham radios. Flatow: Finding a job you love sure beats having to work. “I just wanted to know how things worked,” [...]


Another Victim of Journalism Downsizing: Radio’s ‘Environment Reporter’ Trimmed Back

A highly regarded national environmental radio network is among the latest casualties of journalism downsizing. As of June 4th, “The Environment Report,” (TER) which not long ago had hopes of becoming a regular nationwide program, is being scaled back from [...]


Environmental News in the Digital Age

Without a Daily Newspaper Nine Months Now: Ann Arbor Learning to Adapt

Tracy Davis vividly remembers her reaction when she got word nearly a year ago that The Ann Arbor News, where she worked for nine years, primarily covering the environment, was closing. “I stood there with my mouth open for an [...]


Environment, Climate Go Prime Time On Entertainment Programming

On a November 2007 episode of the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” former Vice President Al Gore makes a guest appearance and network executive Jack Donagy tries to demonstrate his company’s commitment to the environment. “We’re with you on this whole [...]


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