Category Archives: Policy

Bjorn Yesterday … Bjorn Tomorrow?

A Critical Review of Bjorn Lomborg’s Cool It … and of Media ‘Complicity’ in Climate Contrarianism

As an engaging and charismatic communicator, Bjorn Lomborg has few peers addressing climate change. But an analysis of his Cool It documentary, now available on dvd, documents long-standing shortcomings reporters should consider so stories of personal courage and conviction don’t [...]

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G.M., Ford, Toyota, Others Boast New Cars; Key Uncertainty amid Higher Gas Prices … Consumers

Rising prices for gas at the pump have more consumers looking at energy-efficient vehicles and other ways to stretch their dollars. Auto show celebrations of  new environmentally friendly cars are the talk of the town …. the big question remains [...]

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When News Media Pass on Covering Complexity

The Case of Missing Coverage of Models

Climate models are a “foundation” of climate understanding … and also a “lightning rod” in the climate debate. So where is the coverage of models in mainstream news outlets? In some of the most prominent sources, it’s in opinion, and [...]

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No, We're NOT Talking March Madness Here

Energy Efficiency and ‘The Rebound Effect’

“Rebound” effect and “backfire” are big on certain journalism blogs these days, but reporters should take heed in not over-doing the current buzz on the reverse effects of energy efficiency measures.

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House Hearings on EPA Greenhouse Rules

Teaching … and Re-Teaching … Climate Science 101

House hearings on EPA rulemaking offers opportunities — and challenges and frustrations — of re-teaching and re-learning fundamentals of climate science … and of the proverbial ‘consensus.’

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Based on Interviewing 65 'Leaders'

Oregon Nonprofit Leader, Climate Columnist Details Interviews, Go-Forward Suggestions

Spend the equivalent of nearly two days on the phone interviewing a range of selected national, regional, and local “leaders” on climate change, and you’ll likely come up with some interesting insights. That’s what Eugene, Oregon-based nonprofit leader and frequent [...]

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With Federal, Global Regs at Standstill … Courts Become Front Line on Climate Change

U.S. Supreme Court … in supreme position on climate. Climate change litigation is in its infancy, but experts predict growth in number of battles fought within the legal system. Seven years ago, the United States court system became involved with [...]

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