Author Archives: John Wihbey

About John Wihbey

A regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections, John Wihbey is an editor and researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. (E-mail:, Twitter: @wihbey)

Mann Wins Ruling for Researcher Privacy; Media Groups Disappointed

Climate scientist Michael Mann and his former employer, the University of Virginia, win a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court supporting them while dissatisfying media interests who had filed a friend-of-the-court brief.


A More Convenient (and Compelling?) Truth

Celebrities, Climate and Showtime’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’

Upcoming deluxe cable TV climate change series — visually stunning and stocked with big-name celebrities — seeks to build toward broad public consensus on climate change issues and actions.


Heidi Cullen on Advising and Fact-Checking for Showtime’s ‘Years’

Climate Central climatologist Heidi Cullen discusses her role as one of the science advisers for upcoming Showtime ‘Years’ climate change documentary.


Strange Bedfellows … and Fear of Broad Impacts of Mann/UVa Court Ruling

An upcoming Virginia Supreme Court ruling in litigation involving access to Michael Mann/University of Virginia e-mails raises thorny media access and freedom of information concerns involving potential scope of decision.


Key Facts, Issues and Next Steps on Keystone XL Pipeline

The cards increasingly are on the table for a decision on the proposed ‘tar sands’ oil pipeline. But unknowns and uncertainty abound on what comes next … and when.


Popular Science’s Action Highlights Gap at Social Science/Media/Democracy Interface

The reining-in of a well-known science magazine’s comments section is aimed at improving science understanding and ‘literacy.’ The move highlights critical communications puzzles in the quickly evolving digital media world.


A Look Back to See the Present More Clearly

John F. Kennedy, the Cold War and Echoes of the Climate Change Challenge

In this 50th anniversary year of JFK’s death, it’s worth pondering which of the many causes and themes advanced by Kennedy best speak to our time. John Wihbey reviews a new history by Jeffrey Sachs and looks at the scientific [...]


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