Author Archives: Michael Svoboda

About Michael Svoboda

Michael Svoboda, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Writing at The George Washington University with a long interest in climate change communications. (E-mail:

New Online Discussions on Good and Not-So-Good Climate Reporting

New ways of reporting on climate — and concerns over most current climate reporting (and lack of same) — are aired in recent panel discussions.


Seeing Climate Change — in Time to Act on it

Landscape planner Stephen R.J. Sheppard explains how the systematic use of visualization techniques can help communities see local effects of climate change, adapt to its impacts, and reduce their contributions to its causes — while improving their quality of life.


Real-World Legacy of a Fictional Presidency

Climate Change in The West Wing?

Climate policy communicators may wish to review the once-popular TV series to better understand opportunities and obstacles that may arise in the second Obama administration.


The Smithsonian on (and in) the Anthropocene

Two weeks before ‘Superstorm Sandy’ hit the Northeast, Smithsonian researchers convened a symposium on how humans are reshaping the planet. Now they are considering how a focus on ‘The Anthropocene’ could reshape their institution.


Communication Implications of the 'Mann-Ornstein Hypothesis'

Can Framing Overcome Political Scheming?

Climate change is mentioned just once in It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, the new book by respected Washington insiders Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, but the book offers at least two important lessons for climate change communicators.


Skeptical Uses of ‘Religion’ in Debate on Climate Change

‘Religion’ and religion-inspired terms — savior, prophet, priests, heretic, dogma, crusade — are regularly used in efforts to influence public attitudes about climate change. But how does this language work, and on whom?


A Rhetorical Response to the Sackler Colloquium

Science Communication Needs the Humanities

The humanities can play a much-needed, and as yet unfulfilled, role in communicating climate science.


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