AAAS Media/Science Panel Highlights Differences Distinguishing Science and Journalism

An AAAS panel delves into the proper role of media in ‘convincing’ the public about climate change and explores differing views on what precisely makes news, helping illustrate scientists’ and media’s sometimes vast cultural differences.

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Novelists Try Climate Change Story Telling: A Critical Review of Two Recent Entries

Wanted:  Climate change-based novels with a strong dose of story, vivid character development, a strong theme, and setting or atmosphere. Climate change focus alone may not be sufficient.

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Sort of like 'eHarmony' ...

‘Rapid Response Team’ Pairs Scientists and Media

GraphicThink of it as the climate scientists/journalists version of “eHarmony.” A volunteer website launched by scientists serves as a matchmaking venue for media outlets and government officials looking for input on climate science topics.

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Making the Complicated Clear: Interactive Graphics Make Data Visual

Bringing data to life online need not require technically-savvy Web designers. With some easy-to-use free tools, journalists can build interactive graphics for use online, making the complex easier to grasp. Get examples and sources to “do it yourself.”

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Incremental? Yes. But A Growing Role for Social Sciences in Climate Change Dialog

No more assuming that scientific data alone will carry the day with the public and its policymakers. The continuing climate change polarization shows more of the same approach won’t work. Michigan Professor Andrew Hoffman insists that social scientists increasingly need to be part of the dialog.

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Academy Draws Scientists, Artists to Hollywood for ‘Summit’ on Science Education

LOS ANGELES, CA — “After a winter like this, how can you believe in global warming?” … “Climate change? Earth’s climate has always changed. Temperatures go up, temperatures go down.” … “Doesn’t the sun have something to do with it getting hotter?”

You’ve heard it all before. The disconnect between climate science and what many Americans choose to believe is huge. With public understanding of science alarmingly low nationwide, what’s the answer?

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AMS Weather/Climate Scientists Join With Washington Artists for ‘Forecast’ Exhibit

The weather outside was — what else might one expect, it being Seattle in mid-January? — cloudy, overcast, with on and off showers.

The climate inside, by contrast, was bustling, somewhat frenetic, with American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting attendants (a record 3,569) ceaselessly swarming from one concurrent session to the next, from one quick passing hand shake and “How ya been?” among long-time acquaintances … to the next.

And between the ground floor and the upper reaches of the Washington State Convention Center, there was a peaceful and low-key original art exhibit, a good place to think and reflect, to briefly get away from the bustle, the meeting and greeting. All donated for an 11-week exhibition, and all with a focus on subjects near and dear to the heart of the AMS annual meeting: “Forecast: Communicating Weather and Climate.”

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