AGU ‘Other Meeting’ Offers Scientific Grist for Thousands from Around World

Annual AGU fall meeting in San Francisco provides thousands from across the globe scientific insights on what motivates — or should — the on-again/off-again COP talks on an international climate change treaty.

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No Cooling of Hot Rhetoric

Did Muller’s ‘BEST’ Study Cool The Heated Global Warming Rhetoric?

After physicist Richard Muller released a study confirming that Earth is warming, how did climate ‘skeptics’ respond? Reactions as they unfolded on social media and blogs suggest we’re still a long way from cooling the rhetoric on warming.

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Fighting the Wrong Adversary on Global Warming

Are climate skeptics paid undue attention and given too much credit for their efforts? Or are they merely convenient scapegoats?

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Crowdsourcing the Climate: Evolving Media, Policy, and Science Practice

Imagine one-seventh of the world’s population — a billion people — contributing to identifying solutions to global climate change, doing something their political leaders may not be able to do on their own. Does ‘crowdsourcing’ … show the way?

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Another Global Climate Meeting … Another Dump of E-Mails

A second strategically-timed unauthorized release of climate scientists’ e-mails dating from 2009 apparently seeks to disrupt international climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa. But the newly released materials, while not always flattering to authors or participants, shed little light on the underlying science. 

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Is Democracy Failing the Planet? Or Are We Failing To Be Democratic?

The issue of the suitability — or unsuitability — of democratic systems for tackling issues such as global climate change is not a new one. But does the remedy lie in scrapping democracy, in strengthening democratic practices, or in removing obstacles to democracy?

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Scientists' Quick Actions Avert P.R. Problems

Part II: Anatomy of a Times Atlas Screw-Up: Lessons for Scientists, Media

A week after first releasing the 13th edition of its Times Atlas, the publisher steps up to apologize for its ‘incorrect claim’ concerning Greenland ice melt. Observers question whether that goes far enough and whether the flawed atlas and its information are still ‘out there.’ Part I of this series was posted here.

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