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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Climate Change Through the Eyes and Wit of Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’

Jon Stewart’s highly regarded Comedy Central false-news program, “The Daily Show,” is no stranger to climate change.  But along with the humor and wit, there are times when a bit more scientific rigor might help inform his important audience.

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Talk Is Cheap

All talk and not enough action on climate change? Maybe. On the other hand, having the bark come before the bite might be a hallmark of a healthy democratic debate on an important policy. Again … maybe.

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New York Times’ Online Content Paywall: Potential Impacts on Climate and Science News?

The New York Times on March 28 introduced its much-anticipated metered paywall, and media watchers will be closely following what impacts that has for online and in-print journalism. A big unknown still is effects the move might have on visitors wanting access to online science and climate coverage.

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