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Coal: A Love Story, Not A Gimmick

A 12-person student team addresses coal not as an energy story, but rather as a story of how our modern lives depend on an old energy source. One challenge: personalizing the story to help show how coal ‘lets us live.’

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Beware of Eco-Metaphors That Overstay Their Welcome

Can allegiance to outdated environmental metaphors unwittingly contribute to undue politicization of the issues? Is Easter Island an apt metaphor for the ‘whole Earth’?

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Having A More Nuanced Climate Conversation

As a ‘wicked’ problem posing complex challenges on multiple levels, climate change demands a sophisticated, but perhaps impossibly elusive, dialog among diverse interests.

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Interactive Graphics Illustrate Benefits of Visualizations on Climate Change Issues

In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In climate change communications … it’s visualizations, visualizations, visualizations.  Here we post some of the most iconic in the field and some having the most communications and information impact. 

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Why the Politicized Climate Debate is Even More Politicized Than it Need Be

The Internet’s ‘filter bubble’, at its worst in the blogosphere, is furthering the deep politicization on climate change. Does sparring with those holding different opinions offer a way out?

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Playing Defense Won’t Win the Day for Climate Communicators

Al Gore’s 24-hour climate change communications blitz faced a stiff challenge in its efforts to define the message while, in effect, playing defense. A challenge for climate communicators: How to re-capture the offensive.

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Cloudy Controversies: The Science Behind the Spencer-Braswell Paper

There’s a lesson to be learned from an editor’s having resigned over his journal’s publication of a research report thought to have been inadequately reviewed: extraordinary claims must be supported by extraordinary evidence. Headline writers and media … take note.

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