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Global Temperature Reports: A Media ‘Pain’, But Valuable and Important Duty for Scientists

View larger image Punxsutawney Phil says early spring in 2011! (Source: breakingnewsweek.com) The annual ritual of publishing global temperature reports has become something akin to climate change’s Super Bowl. Much anticipation. A series of numbers flashed on the scoreboard. Tons [...]

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‘The Simpsons’ Take on Climate Change

In 1989, cartoonist Matt Groening told a reporter that his new television show, “The Simpsons,” would tackle the serious subjects in life. “It always amazes me how few cartoonists in print or animation go after the bigger issues, the kinds [...]

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Matt Nisbet's Post-Partisan 'BigThink' Idea

New Communication ‘Infrastructure,’ Civic Participation Backed to Help Avoid Years of ‘Hyper-Partisan Debate’

It may come across as being a bit pompous, the name “bigthink.” But there’s no question that some of the climate communications notions spelled out by a respected American University communications expert fall smack into the category of big, and [...]

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Climate Change Web Videos: Intense Emotions Edition

A great challenge of climate change communication is that the issue is abstract, slow-moving, and often invisible. To get the attention of their audiences, climate communicators sometimes rely on the immediate and the emotional: violence, cute animals, and children.

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2010 — That Was the Year That Was: 10 Notable Climate Stories of Year Just Ended

Just about anything that substantially affects climate change science or policy inevitably affects communication on those issues. The Yale Forum focus in this feature, and the major criterion for inclusion in notable climate developments of 2010, is on key climate [...]

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2011: A Busy News Year Looms On Climate Change Science, Policy

Last fall, respected climate scientist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University published a paper in a special edition of the academic journal, The Behavior Analyst. The edition was devoted to the subject of climate change, and Thompson’s paper, “Climate Change: [...]

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Lessons from The Atlantic Magazine

Covering Climate: World War II-Scale Coverage For a World War II-Scale Effort?

Major wars shape the way a nation sees the world. From World War II, Americans gained the vocabulary and metrics for a “good war” fought with steely determination against clearly defined enemies. The legacy of that war, which the U.S. [...]

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