Category Archives: Commentary

My AGU Bucket List: A Personal Memoir of ‘The Community’

Skeptical Science’s John Cook, of Brisbane, Australia, recounts his first trip to North America … and to the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

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The Debate Over Climate Communication Heats Up

What else, besides fear, might galvanize the nascent climate movement?

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A Drumbeat of Tragic Narrative that Turns Audiences Off

The unending bleak news on climate change is not breaking through to the public. What might do it?

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What to Make of the Durban Climate Deal?

The recently concluded talks in South Africa yielded an agreement. But to what end? Figuring that out is anybody’s guess.

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AGU ‘Other Meeting’ Offers Scientific Grist for Thousands from Around World

Annual AGU fall meeting in San Francisco provides thousands from across the globe scientific insights on what motivates — or should — the on-again/off-again COP talks on an international climate change treaty.

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Fighting the Wrong Adversary on Global Warming

Are climate skeptics paid undue attention and given too much credit for their efforts? Or are they merely convenient scapegoats?

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Is Democracy Failing the Planet? Or Are We Failing To Be Democratic?

The issue of the suitability — or unsuitability — of democratic systems for tackling issues such as global climate change is not a new one. But does the remedy lie in scrapping democracy, in strengthening democratic practices, or in removing [...]

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