Category Archives: Media

2008′s Year-Long Fall-off in Climate Coverage; Tracking the Trends, and the Reasons Behind Them

Coverage of climate change in 2008 pales quantitatively when compared with previous years’ upward trends. Victim of the global financial crisis? Of news room “down sizing”? Of polar bears having become “old news”? Of short attention spans and perhaps “climate [...]

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Business Beat Perspective

Business Week’s John Carey On Outlook for Climate Coverage

John Carey is a Business Week Senior Correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He has covered science, technology, medicine, health, energy, and the environment for the magazine since joining it nearly 20 years ago and has written extensively and insightfully [...]

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The Mix - Climate Scientists and Op-Eds

Far from the Peer-Reviewed Journal, Scientists Confront How-Tos of Op-Eds

Last summer the head of Harvard University’s Science, Technology and Public Policy program, John Holdren, penned an argument on the subject of climate change sufficiently compelling that The Boston Globe and International Herald Tribune eagerly published it. On the morning [...]

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Duck and Cover: Climate News Reporting Routinely Draws Big, Loud Pushback

Publish a climate change-related news story, and be ready for pointed attacks, long knives, and brutal dismissals. And expect accusations of political bias and conspiracy. That’s still the rule for the nation’s veteran environmental and science reporters, despite changing attitudes [...]

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Plain Dealer Reporter Michael Scott Explores Cleveland’s Broadcast Met Attitudes

A Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper article portrays the city’s broadcast meteorologists as consisting of a disproportionate number of “on-air personalities who are pushing hard against the prevailing winds of climate science.” Along with forecasting the weekend weather and providing five-day [...]

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Climate Change Coverage Garners Substantial Number of 2008 Journalism Prizes

Reporting on climate change clearly held its own in 2008 prize competitions honoring the year’s best journalism. As has been the case for several years now, more and more entries for environmental journalism prizes dealt specifically or at least significantly [...]

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NY Times Moves to Strengthen Environmental Coverage

It wasn’t one of those “Dear Colleague” memos from the Executive Editor announcing yet another scaling back of newsroom staff. Enough already. Whew! This one, from New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller on December 17, instead was a move [...]

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