Reviewing the Nisbet ‘Climate Shift’ Report and Controversial Claims of Media Progress

Matt Nisbet’s ‘Climate Shift’ research report raised headline-grabbing points on fundraising successes by those advocating action on climate change. But it’s what lies behind those headlines — and relating specifically to media coverage — that also warrants further review and analysis.

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A Yale Forum Extended ‘Chat’ with American University’s Matthew Nisbet

An extended and slightly edited transcript of American University ‘Climate Shift’ researcher Matthew Nisbet’s e-mail interview exchange with Yale Forum regular contributor John Wihbey.

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Recent Weather Events/Climate Connection Drawing Increased Scientific and Media Attention

The recent spate of severe weather events is drawing increased attention — in science and some journalism arenas — to possible links with long-term climate change. It’s an explosive issue and one that will demand close attention and monitoring as it moves forward.

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Advertising Climate Change: A Study of Green Ads, 2005 – 2010

A Yale Forum analysis of print ads from 2005 to 2010 suggests major advertisers closely tracked news coverage and public opinion on climate change, with ‘green’ ads peaking in 2008-09 and returning to ‘background’ levels in 2010. But most companies were reluctant to address the issue directly, preferring instead to tout reduced ‘emissions’ and a ‘cleaner’ environment. With one notable exception.

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Rising Temperatures and Threats to Health

More Concerted Action on Public Health Coming from Medical Community Interests

Public health/climate change connections increasingly being recognized by the medical establishment might help in informing the public at large. Policy experts say a growing awareness of the public health/climate linkage could be a key in breaking through political logjams impeding action on mitigation and adaptation.

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Coffee Growers Facing New Risks; Changing Climate Putting Production at Risk

Morning coffee and reading the day’s paper … more changes coming?

Coffee production and inventories are being stretched in part as a result of a changing climate. That well entrenched morning ritual of a newspaper in one hand and a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the other may get more problematic and more expensive as warming in coffee-rich countries forces coffee farmers higher and higher up mountainsides.

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An Inconvenient Anniversary?

Communicating Climate Change Five Years after An Inconvenient Truth

Memorial Day weekend 2011 marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Al Gore film An Inconvenient Truth, by any measure a milestone in climate change communications. A retrospective analysis examines how the film and the former vice president have weathered the climate policy storms in the years since.

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