Category Archives: Communications

Scientists Should Engage in Policy, But It’s a Balancing Act

Scientists sometimes ‘have a special responsibility to engage on policy issues’ relevant to their science. But they need to proceed with care when they remove their scientist hats and speak instead as citizens. Reposted with permission of The Conversation.


A Reporter's Notebook

The Art of Providing Context of Time and Space in Climate Coverage

Providing suitable spatial and temporal context remains a critical need if journalists are to meet their responsibilities for informing global publics about risks posed by a warming climate. Are the media ready to do so?


SEJ Annual Meeting Climate Take-Homes

Insights on Hybrid Vehicles, Making Global Warming Local

Bullish prospects for electric and low-emission cars and advice on localizing ‘global’ warming impacts are among key messages heard at a recent annual convention of environmental journalists.


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.


Background Readings in Advance of Release of the IPCC AR5 Reports

The Yale Forum here points to several of its postings written to improve understanding of the wealth of climate data that will begin to emerge later this week from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.


The Numbers Game: Communicating Climate Change by the Numbers

In evaluating arguments on climate change, great care is needed in how numbers are used…and in what context. With this week’s scheduled release of the first volume of IPCC’s next assessment report, this feature reviews recent work on numeracy.


Gore: Climate Dialogue ‘Not Won Yet, but Very Nearly’

The former Vice President voices optimism that a changing national conversation on climate change will carry the day and sway policy makers…and lead to meaningful progress. He points to weather anomalies and wild fires as key factors in the public’s [...]


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