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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When News Media Pass on Covering Complexity

The Case of Missing Coverage of Models

Climate models are a “foundation” of climate understanding … and also a “lightning rod” in the climate debate. So where is the coverage of models in mainstream news outlets? In some of the most prominent sources, it’s in opinion, and not in news columns, a researcher suggests.

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Penn State Geologist Richard Alley Hosts First of Three PBS Documentaries

Respected Penn State geologist Richard Alley becomes a PBS documentary host in the first of a three-part series airing in April with funding from the National Science Foundation. But can the “Operator’s Manual” companion book really “convince even the most obstinate climate-change denier” as one reviewer anticipates?

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No, We're NOT Talking March Madness Here

Energy Efficiency and ‘The Rebound Effect’

“Rebound” effect and “backfire” are big on certain journalism blogs these days, but reporters should take heed in not over-doing the current buzz on the reverse effects of energy efficiency measures.

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House Hearings on EPA Greenhouse Rules

Teaching … and Re-Teaching … Climate Science 101

House hearings on EPA rulemaking offers opportunities — and challenges and frustrations — of re-teaching and re-learning fundamentals of climate science … and of the proverbial ‘consensus.’

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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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