A PBS ‘NewsHour’ Blog Post and Broadcast Provoke Viewers’ Ire

Commenters to  public broadcasting’s ‘NewsHour’ site decry a ‘hack piece’ of reporting involving an extensive interview with blogger skeptic and former weathercaster Anthony Watts … and also the several responses by the NewsHour editor and reporter directly involved.

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The Arctic: No Las Vegas … What Happens There Does NOT Stay There

A NOAA-sponsored ‘Climate Connection’ webinar proves an effective communication tool, as a National Sea and Ice Data Center scientist puts meat on the bones — and provides quantitative measures — of 2012′s record-low Arctic sea ice extent.

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Searing Heat, Raging Wildfires Offer ‘Teachable’ Summer Moments

Numerous media reports dealing with wildfires, with record-breaking heat, and with a possible connection to climate change capitalize on 2012 weather anomalies for a ‘teachable moment.’ And two articles in academic journals provide more context on the subject.

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Is Global Warming to Blame for this Summer’s Extreme Heat and Drought?

It’s a great question. It’s simple, compelling, and it makes for good headlines. That’s why so many people are talking about it. But it’s the wrong question. Reposted with permission.

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Meteorologists’ Statement Reflects ‘Vast Weight’ of Evidence

Meteorologists’ new statement reaffirms scientific ‘consensus,’ runs counter to widespread views of meteorologists as disproportionately ‘skeptical.’

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Skeptical Uses of ‘Religion’ in Debate on Climate Change

‘Religion’ and religion-inspired terms — savior, prophet, priests, heretic, dogma, crusade — are regularly used in efforts to influence public attitudes about climate change. But how does this language work, and on whom?

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The List Goes On ... and On ... and On

‘Denier,’ ‘Alarmist,’ ‘Warmist,’ ‘Contrarian,’ ‘Confusionist,’ ‘Believer,’

Some things never change. Like the endless search for the perfect term to describe those seeing things differently on climate change issues.

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