Making Climate Change Fun and Funny: Why Do It? For One Thing, Get Folks ‘Into the Room’

Is comedy on climate change an antidote to the obstacles impeding improved public understanding?  For one thing, it can get people otherwise not inclined “into the room,” says stand-up comedian Yoram Bauman of Seattle, who points also to other advantages.

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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 displace sound science journalism.

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But Over What Time Frame? Doubts Persist

Coal Preferable to Natural Gas from Shale for Climate? Not So Fast … And Choice of Time Frame Critical

A recent analysis concluding that natural gas from shale poses more climate change problems than combustion of coal rests heavily on a problematic time frame. In the end, the widely reported article may do more to muddle understanding of natural gas vs. coal than to clarify it.

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Scientists and Long-Form Television: Lessons from Richard Alley’s PBS Documentary

Geologist Richard Alley and writer/director Geoff Haines-Stiles offer insights into their collaboration for a PBS “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” documentary series.

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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 whether enough consumers will want to buy them.

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An Evolving Narrative Demanding Close Attention

Increasing Focus on Climate Change/Food Crisis: Beware ‘Single Factor’ Explanations, Uncertainties

Our changing climate is increasingly linked to food supply challenges, but experts warn against “single factor” explanations and urge quantifying of uncertainties.

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‘BEST’ Refining of Surface Temp Estimates Could Help Improve Understanding of Global Land Temps

“BEST” Researchers’ efforts aim to improve data on surface temperature estimates and their use could bolster public’s understanding of global land temperatures. It’s no surprise that the effort is not without some controversy.

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