Category Archives: Communications

A New Player -- or Just a New Name -- on Climate Policy?

From Pew Climate Change Center To C2ES, What’s Behind the Name Change?

A respected inside-the-Washington-Beltway climate change player changes its name. But also its focus? What to make of the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions? (Note the word ‘change’ dropped there? Does it matter?

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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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Think Hotdogs (Fear, Guilt Need Not Apply)

A More Appetizing Hotdog Approach to Climate Communication?

Wanted: Climate change communication that is surprising, delightful, beautiful, or witty. Over-the-top appeals to fear or guilt need not apply.

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Scientists' Quick Actions Avert P.R. Problems

Part II: Anatomy of a Times Atlas Screw-Up: Lessons for Scientists, Media

A week after first releasing the 13th edition of its Times Atlas, the publisher steps up to apologize for its ‘incorrect claim’ concerning Greenland ice melt. Observers question whether that goes far enough and whether the flawed atlas and its [...]

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Scientists' Quick Actions Avert P.R. Problems

Part I: Anatomy of a Times Atlas Screw-Up: Lessons for Scientists, Media

Quick actions by key scientists reacting to a Times Atlas Greenland blunder reflect sensitivities and lessons-learned from earlier climate science data snafus. First of a special two-part day-by-day review of a public relations calamity avoided.

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Guest Commentary

Communications Challenges Coming From Durban

A key climate action advocate points to four key communications points she thinks critical coming out of the upcoming Durban UN Framework Convention meeting.

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A First-Person Account ...

Coal: A Love Story, Not A Gimmick

A 12-person student team addresses coal not as an energy story, but rather as a story of how our modern lives depend on an old energy source. One challenge: personalizing the story to help show how coal ‘lets us live.’

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